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Many Australians would not be able to function without access to a car - though it is certain that their purses would be fuller for it. this FACT indicates the average cost of parking for two hours in a secure CBD parking garage in each Australian city. The data here was collected by the Parkopedia in 2018.
Because of city density and demand for secure parking, the disparity between highest and lowest cost in each of Australia's capitals is staggering. On average, a 2 hour parking spot in Sydney costs $56.70. The city with the lowest average price is Darwin, at only $3.50 for 2 hours.
This FACT indicates the number of weekly or daily fresh produce markets that operate within each capital city in 2018. A farmers' or produce market consists of individual vendors who set up stalls or stands, outdoors or indoors, to sell produce, meat products, fruits and sometimes pre-prepared foods and beverages. Farmers Markets add value to communities since they allow farmers or producers to sell directly to consumers, minimising loss by circumventing middle retailers. Produce markets also encourage local commerce, since produce is often sourced locally. Produce markets are cultural locations, too, adding to the vibrancy and strength of local communities in cities. The city with the highest number of fresh food markets is tied between Darwin and Sydney, each hosting 6. The city with the lowest is Canberra with just 1.
This FACT indicates the number of people (15 years and over) who have a bachelor’s degree per 100,000 persons in each capital. A bachelor’s degree is typically earned after undertaking 3 to 5 years of undergraduate study, although this range can vary depending on the field of study, study load, and of course, the student’s diligence.
Wealth distribution in Australia, as in all countries, is not equal. This FACT indicates the percentage of households with a gross weekly income less than $650 in each Australian city; a wage that is difficult to live on, given the relatively high cost of living in Australia. Data collected in the 2016 ABS Census reveals that the percentage of households with a gross weekly income less than $650 across Australia is 20.0 percent. The city with the highest percentage is Hobart with 23.0 percent, followed closely by Adelaide at 22.6 percent. The city with the lowest is tied between Darwin at 10.3 percent.
Finding and keeping a job is a frequent topic of discussion across all industries and communities. The majority of Australians have a positive professional narrative, with unemployment rates across the country relatively low, particularly when compared to international standards. The unemployment rate in Australia was last reported at 6.0 percent in February 2018. Historically, from 1978 until 2013, Australia's unemployment rate has averaged 7.0 percent. In February 1993 it reached an all-time high of 12.1 percent, and sixteen years later, a record low of just 3.9 percent in July 2007.
This FACT indicates the unemployment rate of each Australian state/territory, which is defined as the number of people actively looking for a job, as a percentage of the labour force in February 2018. In Australia, there is no minimum requirement of hours to be considered unemployed. In other words, a person who works one hour per week is considered employed. The state/territory with the lowest unemployment rate is the Northern Territory, at 4.2 percent. The state/territory with the highest rate of unemployment is Queensland at 7.0 percent. South Australia and Western Australia a close second at 6.7 percent.