Category Archives: Labour Force

Commentary and analysis of labour force data releases.

Australian labour market – still weak with a moderate upturn

In the previous two months, there was virtually zero employment growth and labour force participation declined. The latest labour force data released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics – Labour Force data – for March 2016 show that those … Read the rest of this entry »

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A return to full employment in Australia will require significantly higher deficits

Last week, the Australian Labor Party (the federal opposition) released a new policy platform, which it hopes will give it some electoral leverage in the upcoming federal election. The Party announced that they would be attacking poverty and inequality by … Read the rest of this entry »

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Australian labour market – the dismal picture unfolds further

Last month, employment growth was basically flat (slightly negative). Participation decreased. The signs were ominous. This month, the dismal picture unfolded further. Today’s release of the – Labour Force data – for February 2016 by the Australian Bureau of Statistics … Read the rest of this entry »

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Australian labour market – looking pretty wan indeed

Last month, employment growth was basically flat (slightly negative). Participation decreased. The signs were ominous. Today’s release of the – Labour Force data – for January 2016 by the Australian Bureau of Statistics show that those ominous signs have worsened. … Read the rest of this entry »

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Australian labour market – goes backwards again

Today’s release of the – Labour Force data – for December 2015 by the Australian Bureau of Statistics show a labour market in retreat. Total employment growth was a negative (barely) and labour force participation fell marginally. While total unemployment … Read the rest of this entry »

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Australian Labour Force – improvement but credibility stretched

Today’s release of the – Labour Force data – for November 2015 by the Australian Bureau of Statistics once again brings into question the validity of drawing assessments about the state of the labour market on the basis of monthly … Read the rest of this entry »

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Australian labour market – improvement but hardly credible

Today’s release of the – Labour Force data – for October 2015 by the Australian Bureau of Statistics once again brings into question the validity of drawing assessments about the state of the labour market on the basis of monthly … Read the rest of this entry »

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Australian labour market – in retreat on the back of poor macro policy settings

Today’s release of the – Labour Force data – for September 2015 by the Australian Bureau of Statistics shows that the Australian labour market went backwards this month after stalling last month. Employment growth was negative (drop of 5,100 thousand) … Read the rest of this entry »

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Australian labour market – flat and not looking very prospective

Today’s release of the – Labour Force data – for August 2015 by the Australian Bureau of Statistics shows that the Australian labour market stalled this month with fairly weak employment growth, a falling participation rate, and flat hours worked. … Read the rest of this entry »

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Australia labour force – employment rises – but caution required

Today’s release of the – Labour Force data – for July 2015 by the Australian Bureau of Statistics shows that the Australian labour market improved this month with both positive employment growth and rising participation. Unemployment increased as did the … Read the rest of this entry »

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