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Jobs Australia 2014: Where are the jobs in Tasmania?

Jobs spotlight: Tasmania

Tasmania is Australia’s smallest employing state, with around two per cent of national employment. Employment fell by 12,000 (five per cent) over the five years to November 2013. 

In February 2014 Tasmania recorded an unemployment rate of 7.3 per cent, well above the national rate of six per cent. The high Australian dollar and weaker labour demand were factors here.

Employment is the most regionally dispersed of all the states and territories. More than half of the state’s employment is located outside of Hobart.

Workers in Tasmania join those in Queensland as most likely not to have studied after high school, leaving them three per cent less qualified residents than the national average. While VET qualifications are very important to the state – it has the highest share of any state or territory holding a certificate III or higher VET qualification – Tasmanians are significantly less likely to hold a bachelor degree or higher (eight per cent).

The report notes that seven of 19 industries experienced jobs growth.

Notable changes from 2013 report:

A 15.6 per cent growth in administrative and support services has since become a 13.2 per cent decline in 2014.

A slight decline of 0.6 per cent in arts and recreation services in 2013 has turned into 13.7 per cent growth in 2014.

Construction saw the opposite effect between years having gone from growth of 4.9 per cent to a decline of 13.3 per cent between reports.

The biggest growth to note between reports is in information, media and telecommunications (from 0.7-31.1 per cent) and other services (from a decline of 5.1 per cent to a growth rate of 37.8 per cent).

Where are the jobs?

Largest employing industries:

Fastest growing industries:

  • Mining (94.3 per cent)
  • Other services (37.8 per cent)
  • Information, media and telecommunications (31.1 per cent)
  • Arts and recreation services (13.7 per cent)

Largest number of new jobs created:

  • Other services (+3,000)
  • Health care and social assistance (+2,900)
  • Mining (+1,900)
  • Information, media and telecommunications (+1,100)

Largest job losses:

  • Agriculture, forestry and fishing (-4,900)
  • Public administration and safety (-3,400)
  • Construction (-2,800)
  • Financial and insurance services (-2,600)

Where's my competition?

Highest proportion of older workers:

Southern (50 per cent), Northern (46 per cent) and Mersey-Lyell (46 per cent).

Lowest proportion of older workers: 

Hobart (43 per cent)

Highest proportion without a post-school qualification:

Southern (41 per cent) and Mersey-Lyell (41 per cent).

So you’ve got the story for your state, what about the nation? Get a wider view with the top 10 jobs for Australia and see how your state compares.


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