Courtesy of Australia's Department of Employment, here's a great map that shows where job vacancies have increased in Australia over the past year, and where they haven't.
There's a lot of light-blue shading, indicating that like most other labour market indicators, labour market conditions are improving across most parts of the country.
And, as seen in the table below -- also from the Department of Employment -- vacancy levels have increased rapidly in many regional centres, outpacing growth in the capital cities over the same period.
In absolute terms, the Department of Employment's Internet Vacancy Index (IVI) revealed that job openings placed on the internet grew by 0.8% to 174,100 in trend terms in July, leaving the increase on a year earlier at 5.2%.
Fitting with the improvement in the labour market, the IVI has now increased in each of the past 10 months, leaving the level of openings at the highest level since June 2012.
Job vacancies grew in most states and territories in July, both over the month and from a year earlier.
That performance was mirrored by advertisements by occupational grouping over the same periods.
The IVI is based on a count of online job advertisements newly lodged on SEEK, CareerOne and Australian JobSearch during a particular month.
The Department of Employment says that it “does not reflect the total number of job advertisements in the labour market as it does not include jobs advertised through other online job boards, employer websites, word of mouth, in newspapers, and advertisements in shop windows”.
Nor does not specify whether the vacancies are for full-time, part-time or casual staff.