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The Queensland state election was held on the 31st of January 2015. A contentious issue for the election was the unemployment rate across the state. Over the year to January 2015, Queensland’s trend employment rose by 8,100 persons (0.3%), however there are still concerns that the recovery in the non-mining economy has been slower to eventuate than expected.

This site presents more detailed regional information on unemployment rates (published in late December 2014) for the September 2014 quarter, in relationship to Queensland Legislative Assembly electorates and the margin on which they are held.

With all but five of the electoral regions swinging towards the ALP it provides an interesting comparison where confidence in the incumbent party may be linked to the performance of the region for job creation. In the Wacol LGA unemployment rose from 19.2 per cent to 26.9 per cent, while in Rockhampton LGA the unemployment rate fell by 2.6 percentage points to 6.7 per cent. In each of these seats there was a significant swing to the ALP.

About the data

Unemployment information has been sourced from the Department of Employment, Australian Government, quarterly Small area labour market (SALM) publication, released in December 2014.  It is anticipated that the December quarter 2014 results will be released in March 2015. 

Information on electorate seat margins is based on information published by the Electoral Commission Queensland  for the Legislative Assembly.