Download the January 2014 State of the States report here

How are Australia's states and territories performing? Each quarter CommSec attempts to find out by analysing eight key indicators: economic growth; retail spending; equipment investment; unemployment, construction work done; population growth; housing finance and dwelling commencements.

 

Just as the Reserve Bank uses decade averages to determine the level of "normal" interest rates; we have done the same with the economic indicators. For each state and territory, latest readings for the key indicators were compared with decade averages - that is, against the "normal" performance.