Labour market

This page shows how the Northern Territory's labour market compares to other states and territories, as well as national averages.

Unemployment rate

Seasonally adjusted data, percentage (%)Aug 20Jul 21Aug 21 Monthly change Annual change
NSW 6.54.54.90.4ppt -1.7ppt
VIC 7.0 4.4 4.1-0.3ppt -2.9ppt
QLD 7.1 5.2 5.30.1ppt -1.8ppt
SA 7.74.6 5.00.3ppt -2.7ppt
WA 6.8 4.64.60.0ppt -2.2ppt
TAS 6.24.65.5 0.9ppt -0.7ppt
ACT 4.04.33.5-0.7ppt -0.5ppt
NT 4.3 4.63.4-1.1ppt -0.8ppt
AUS 6.84.6 4.5 -0.1ppt -2.2ppt

Source: ABS Cat No 6202.0

Unemployment rate range, minimum / maximum and current value

Unemployment rate - monthly data: Since 2000, the minimum monthly change in the Northern Territory unemployment rate has been 2 per cent and the maximum 8.5 per cent; typically the unemployment rate ranges between 3.1 per cent and 5.8 per cent. In July 2021, the unemployment rate decreased to 4.6 per cent.Unemployment rate - monthly data chart: Between 2015 and 2021 the female unemployment rate decreased faster than the male unemployment rate, and still remains lower than the male unemployment rate.

Participation rate

Seasonally adjusted data, percentage (%)Aug 20Jul 21Aug 21 Monthly change Annual change
NT 73.5 71.370.7-0.6ppt -2.8ppt
Australia 65.0 66.0 65.2-0.8ppt 0.2ppt

Source: ABS Cat No 6202.0

Total persons employed

Seasonally adjusted data, 000sAug 20Jul 21Aug 21 Monthly change % Annual change %
NT133,369129,908130,4830.4%-2.2%
Total full-time 99,92297,88997,8600.0%-2.1%
Total part-time 33,44832,01932,6231.9%-2.5%

Source: ABS Cat No 6202.0

Employment growth range, minimum / maximum and current value

Employment growth - monthly data: Since 2000, the minimum monthly change in Northern Territory employment has been -5.2 per cent and the maximum 5.5 per cent; typically employment growth ranges between -1.9 per cent and 1.9 per cent. In July 2021, monthly employment rate increased to 2.6 per cent.Employment growth - YoY data: Over the past two years, part time employment has been the main driver of total employment growth in the Northern Territory.

Aggregate monthly hours worked

Seasonally adjusted data, 000's hrsAug 20Jul 21Aug 21Monthly changeAnnual change
NT18,83318,37618,6571.5%-0.9%
Australia1,687,2671,779,9221,713,939-3.7%1.6%

Source: ABS Cat No 6202.0

Labour underutilisation

Seasonally adjustedAug 20Jul 21Aug 21Monthly changeAnnual change
NT     
Underemployed workers (000's)​11.27.99.115.4%-19.3%
Underemployment rate (%)​8.15.86.70.9ppt-1.4ppt
Labour force underutilisation rate (%)​12.310.410.2-0.2ppt-2.2ppt
Australia​   
Underemployed workers (000's)​1,531.01,148.71,268.010.4%-17.2%
Underemployment rate (%)​11.38.39.31.0ppt-2.0ppt
Labour force underutilisation rate (%)​18.112.913.80.9ppt-4.2ppt

Source: ABS Cat No 6202.0

Employment by sector

Annual moving average as at August 2021
Industry sector, original data, numbers
Full-timePart-timeTotal % of total employed
Agriculture, forestry and fishing  1,4244381,861 1.4
Mining  3,009 14 3,023 2.3
Manufacturing  3,160 415 3,575 2.7
Electricity, gas, water and waste services  2,022 1592,182 1.7
Construction  9,515 1,183 10,6978.2
Wholesale trade  1,499 204 1,703 1.3
Retail trade  6,425 4,549 10,974 8.4
Accommodation and food services  4,157 4,339 8,496 6.5
Transport, postal and warehousing  4,195 830 5,025 3.8
Information media and telecommunications  913 215 1,127 0.9
Financial and insurance services  926 125 1,051 0.8
Rental, hiring and real estate services  1,759204 1,964 1.5
Professional, scientific and technical services  5,464 1,537 7,001 5.4
Administrative and support services  2,650 2,772 5,4224.2
Public administration and safety  18,306 2,825 21,131 16.2
Education and training  8,718 3,225 11,943 9.1
Health care and social assistance  17,4665,805 23,271 17.8
Arts and recreation services  1,738 1,449 3,186 2.4
Other services  5,670 1,283 6,953 5.3

Caution: can be volatile due to the small sample size from which NT data is derived
Source: ABS Cat No 6291.0.55.003

Job vacancies

Northern Territory, original data, numbers (000's)Aug 20May 21Aug 21Previous qtr % changeAnnual % change
Total vacancies4.25.06.122.063.4
   Public sector0.60.91.122.258.3
   Private sector3.64.15.022.064.0

Source: ABS Cat No 6354.0

Average annual salary by selected occupation

Occupation, value ($000s) 2021/22 salary range
Information technology 
Team leader70 - 97
End user support (L2)56 - 71
Office support 
Office manager66 - 87
Administration assistant (6 - 12 months experience)45 - 56
Resources and mining 
Senior mine geologist128 - 179
Boiler maker / welder97 - 122
Mining engineer117 - 163
Mine surveyor117 - 148
Construction (building) 
Project manager112 - 163
Foreperson71 - 112
Leading hand66 - 87
Energy 
Power systems engineer97 - 143
Solar engineer107 - 128
Insurance 
Assessing manager69 - 84
Team leader (claims)80 - 102
Accounting and finance 
Financial manager192 - 133
Financial accountant177 - 97
Internal auditor      66 - 82
Senior bookkeeper           61 - 71

1 Business turnover up to $100 million
Source: 2021-22 Hays Salary Guide

Average weekly earnings

Seasonal, value ($)
Full time, adult, total earnings
May 20 Nov 20May 21 Previous qtr % change Annual % change
Northern Territory  1,786 1,7771,8011.40.8
Males 1,911 1,914 1,929 0.8 0.9
Females 1,645 1,626 1,6370.7-0.5
Australia 1,770 1,770 1,7981.61.6
Males 1,891 1,885 1,9211.91.6
Females 1,577 1,584 1,598 0.91.3

Source: ABS Cat No 6302

Median wage and salary income

Value ($)2017-18
Northern Territory 60,636
Darwin City 63,218
Darwin suburbs 60,712
Litchfield 64,330
Palmerston 66,804
Alice Springs 56,067
Barkly 52,788
Daly, Tiwi, West Arnhem 42,446
East Arnhem 57,911
Katherine 54,776

Source: ABS Cat No 6524.0.55.002


Last updated: 07 October 2021

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