Jobs and Skills Atlas

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    Jobs and Skills Atlas provides an overview of the labour market at national, state and regional level by occupations, skills and industries.

    Explore the Atlas

    This tool is a beta release and a work in progress. New features and improvements will be made based on consultation and feedback, and as data becomes available.
    The tool is best viewed on desktop.


    Labour Market

    Atlas uses a range of data sources.


    • Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Labour Force, Australia release (Table 12 and Table 13).
    • ABS Labour Force, detailed release (Table 04) figures are in seasonally adjusted terms, except for the state and territory youth unemployment rate.
    • State and territory youth unemployment rate is a 12-month average of original data and working-age (15-64), using employment to population ratio (seasonally-adjusted data).

    States and Territories

    • ABS Labour Force, Australia release (Table 12, Table 12a and Table 16).
    • ABS Labour Force, detailed release (Table 5).
    • Figures are in seasonally adjusted terms, except for the state and territory youth unemployment rate.
    • State and territory youth unemployment rate is a 12-month average of original data and working-age (15-64), using employment to population ratio (3-month averages of original data).

    Regional (ABS SA4) level

    • ABS Labour Force, Australia, Detailed release - Tables RM1 (monthly data) and RQ1 (quarterly data).
    • Figures are 6-month averages of original estimates except for youth unemployment rate and age-sex breakdowns.
    • Youth unemployment rate and age-sex breakdowns are 12-month averages of original data and working-age (15-64), using employment to population ratio (6-month averages of original data).
    • In May 2024, the ABS introduced its first set of regular modelled SA4 labour force estimates, to be released on a monthly basis going forward. The ABS recommends using the modelled estimates over the direct survey estimates, where available, for timely regional labour market analysis. The Jobs and Skills Atlas will be updated to include the new modelled SA4 estimates in the coming months. Note that at this stage modelled estimates disaggregated by sex, age or other characteristics are not available and accordingly, the Atlas will continue to use direct survey SA4 estimates for age and sex disaggregation.


    • ABS, Labour Force Survey (detailed) using quarterly averages of original estimates from table RQ1 (quarterly data).


    Jobs and Skills Australia

    • Employment (nowcast) data is from the Nowcast of Employment by Region and Occupation based on the 15th of each month.
    • Job vacancies data is from the Internet Vacancy Index (IVI) and is a 6-month moving average.

    Jobs and Skills Atlas uses the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) standardised geographical Statistical Areas Level 4 (SA4s) to classify regions as this way of classifying regions is compatible with most of the data sets that are used in the tool.

    SA4s are geographical areas with interlocking boundaries that provide a standardised regional breakdown of Australia. SA4s generally have populations of between 100,000 and 500,000 people.

    There are 88 SA4 regions for which data is currently presented in Atlas, noting that Labour Force Survey data for Western Australia Outback (North) and Western Australia - Outback (South) relate to the combined area/populations of both regions.

    Jobs and Skills Atlas is a data tool to explore labour market information at national, state and regional level. Users can choose an entry point to select the specific level of data of interest and change selection using a drop-down menu. Regions can eb searched by name, suburb or postcode.

    Data has been grouped through specific categories which can be chosen using the left-hand navigation column (bottom navigation if on mobile).

    Jobs and Skills Atlas allows users to explore key labour market indicators at the regional (SA4), state and national level through the fields of occupations and industries. 

    Insights include:

    • key data for specific regional areas, states and at the national level, including unemployment rate, number of employed people, participation rate, population, youth unemployment rate, employment to population ratio and educational attainment.
    • select a particular indicator to view the 5-year trend and compare it to the national trend (Australia).
    • number or percentage of people employed across 19 industries by region and see how this has changed over time.
    • employment numbers are rounded to the nearest 100, so approximating percentage share of population.
    • common occupations at regional, state and national levels, as classified by the 4-digit (occupation unit-group level) of the Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO)
    • employment, recent job vacancies job vacancy rate and information about demand for occupations 
    • comparison between regions or regions with states / national data.

    The Atlas tool aggregates data from multiple sources, released at different times across a given month. It is updated by the last Friday of every month when all data has become available for that month. 

    Please note that data sources have different release frequencies. 

    Jobs and Skills Australia would love your feedback to guide further development.

    Click on the 'Provide Feedback' button and fill out the form. Enter your details at the end so we can stay in touch and you can receive updates as new features are added.

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    Methodology Paper

    The Methodology Paper provides a deep understanding of the methodology used to create the Jobs and Skills Atlas. The paper outlines data sources and processing methods used to compile the statistics and charts presented in the Atlas.

    2023 Jobs and Skills Atlas Methodology.pdf



    What's new on Atlas

    2 May 2024

    • Training data
      Find completions data on Vocational Education and Training qualifications broken down by cohorts.

    23 February 2024

    • National earnings and age data
      Find data on median earnings and age at a national level by Occupation or Industry.
    • Occupation group filter
      Save time by browsing by occupation groups. Use the drop-down list in the Occupations tab. Select from 8 categories, including managers, sales workers and more.
    • Clean energy critical occupation toggle
      Use the new toggle feature on and your results will show the top ‘clean energy critical occupations’.