Amidst the flurry of relevant regional data in the last week the easiest to miss was this from ABS: Estimates of Personal Income for Small Areas, 2011-2016
It draws off Australian Tax Office data down to the SA2 level. Shane Wright has looked into this data in context of WA: Post-mining boom stats show the wage squeeze is hurting more in WA than anywhere else
Just flagging this for now to come back to but two points which stick out:
- The divergence between Cairns and Townsville with income earners in Townsville down @ 2-3% in the year to FY2016.
- Cairns City SA2 is different and it is unlikely this is well represented in either the ABS labour force survey or the census.
Note: This is the number of income earners recorded through the course of the financial year. It doesn’t reflect changes in earnings or employment at any specific time.