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Journal article

Regional unemployment in Queensland: dimensions and policy issues

1 Jan 2001
Description

The problems of regional decline and regional unemployment have taken on a particular importance
in Queensland in recent years. However, it is clear that the two issues are separate and require
different policy solutions. While many regional communities have experienced declining population
and employment, they have generally maintained low unemployment rates. By contrast, many of
the regions with the highest unemployment rates have experienced very fast population and
employment growth. Analysis suggests that population tends to adjust quite quickly to declining
employment opportunities through migration. Ironically, however, such migration flows tend to
increase unemployment rate differentials between regions, as people move from low
unemployment/low employment growth regions to high unemployment/high employment growth
regions. Industry structure, structural change and educational attainment are also relevant to
regional unemployment, but the linkages are complex and appear to differ between regions.

Publication Details
Volume: 
Vol.27
Issue: 
No.4
Language: 
Published year only: 
2001
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