This paper explains and demonstrates the new tools that CofFEE has developed to map the EVI assessments against the claims for unemployment benefits from Centrelink.
In March 2008, the Centre of Full Employment and Equity (CofFEE) and the Griffith University’s Urban Research Program (URP) published its Employment Vulnerability Index (EVI) which provides a national ranking of suburbs according to the level of vulnerability to job losses in the event of a major economic downturn. At the time, the
labour market had begun to deteriorate significantly and the EVI was intended to promote a debate concerning the spatial consequences of that deterioration.
While at an aggregate level the impacts of increasing unemployment are significant, the EVI provides insights into the spatial dimensions of joblessness. Even during the recent boom times our cities endured disadvantage ‘hot spots’ as individuals in particular suburbs have been unable to successfully negotiate the labour market.
This spatial concentration has resulted in an increase in multiple disadvantages and acts to further limit the opportunity of people living in these disadvantaged places. The EVI was developed as an indicator of job loss potential at the level of suburbs for Capital cities and large non-metropolitan urban regions.
This paper aims to explain the methodology that was used to compute the underlying datasets and geographic regions which feature in the Flash Dynamic Tracking Tools (DTT).