Jobs and Skills Atlas provides an overview of the labour market at national, state and regional level by occupations, skills and industries.
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.
What data does Jobs and Skills Atlas use?
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).
- 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.
What are regions?
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.
How do I use Atlas?
Jobs and Skills Atlas can be used as an exploratory data tool to find out labour market information at national, state and regional level. These tabs appear at the top of the screen.
Once you choose your entry point you can select the specific level of data you are interested in. This data will then be available for you to view. If at any point you wish to change and view a new region, select the drop-down menu and change your selection. You can also search for a region 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).
What can I find on Atlas?
Jobs and Skills Atlas allows you to explore key labour market indicators at regional (SA4), state and national level through the fields of occupations and industries. Some insights include:
- Key data for specific regional areas, states and 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).
- Find out the 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 percentage share of population is approximate.
- Explore the most common occupations in 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).
- Jobs and Skills Atlas shows employment, recent job vacancies, the job vacancy rate and some information about demand for these occupations and can be used to compare regions or regions with states or national data.
How often is Atlas updated?
The Atlas tool aggregates data from multiple sources, which is released at different times across a given month. It will be updated when all the data has become available for that month. Atlas will be updated with the data for the previous month, by the last Friday of every month.
Please note that data sources have differently release frequencies. For example, Labour Force industry data is released quarterly.
How do I provide feedback?
Jobs and Skills Australia welcomes your feedback on this tool. This feedback will inform further developments and will improve future updates of the Jobs and Skills Atlas.
Three online information sessions will be run to demonstrate the Atlas and answer any questions. To register click on one of these links or the Provide Feedback button:
- Tuesday 5 September 12:30-1:30 pm AEST - Closed
- Thursday 21 September 12:30-1:30 pm AEST - Closed
- Tuesday 26 September 12:30-1:30 pm AEST - Closed.
Please click on the Provide Feedback button, enter your details at the end of the form and we'll be in touch.