Sunshine Coast and Northern NSW unemployment rates fall

REGIONAL towns of Queensland and New South Wales are bucking trends set by their states, providing a mixed bag of results from the latest national statistics.

Labour force data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics shows New South Wales' average unemployment rate increasing from 4.9% in November 2012 to 5.6% yet towns from the southern side of the Queensland border to the mid-north Coast are improving.

Byron Bay, Lismore, Grafton and Coffs Harbour together had its number of jobless from 7.7% last year to 6.8% last month.

Meanwhile, Queensland's state average of 5.6% in November 2012 had a modest improvement to 5.2% this year, but that has not been reflected through much of the state.

Ipswich unemployment increased from 7% to 7.4%, the Gold Coast jobless figure climbed from 4.4% to 5.2%, the Darling Downs shifted from 4.6% to 5.1% and Central Queensland went from 4.6% to 5.2%
Brisbane scored a modest improvement to its jobless figures, from 5.5% to 5.4% in the past 12 months.

The Wide Bay region's unemployment figures fell slightly from 8.8% to 7%, but it was the Sunshine Coast that had the most impressive change.

The tourist paradise's jobless figures plummeted from 6.4% to 3%, halving in just those 12 months.

Nationally, unemployment worsened slightly, from 4.9% to 5.4% in the year to November.