Category Archives: Labour Force

Commentary and analysis of labour force data releases.

Australian labour market – unemployment rate higher than in crisis

Today’s release of the – Labour Force data – for June 2014 by the Australian Bureau of Statistics is slightly improved on recent months but still portrays a weak labour market. While the participation rate rose, which pushed extra workers … Read the rest of this entry »

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The ageing impact on Australian labour force participation rates

Labour force participation rates are falling around the world signalling the slack employment growth that has accompanied the aftermath of the Global Financial Crisis. It is clear that many workers are opting to stop searching for work while there are … Read the rest of this entry »

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Teenage employment decline in Australia reaching catastrophic proportions

Regular readers will know that for some years we have been documenting the parlous state of the youth labour market in Australia. In an environment where fiscal cuts are being justified as looking after the future as the population ages, … Read the rest of this entry »

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Changes to unemployment benefit entitlements – the work of sociopaths

The new conservative Australian government is scaling new heights in their attack on the most disadvantaged. The May Fiscal Statement was littered with nasty cuts, which reduce spending by trivial amounts at the macroeconomic level but which will have devastating … Read the rest of this entry »

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Australian labour force data – weaker and slowly deteriorating

Today’s release of the – Labour Force data – for May 2014 by the Australian Bureau of Statistics confirms, once again, how weak the labour market is. All the talk recently from the financial markets and the government about how … Read the rest of this entry »

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Australian labour force data – stagnation setting in

Today’s release of the – Labour Force data – for April 2014 by the Australian Bureau of Statistics confirms, once again, how weak the labour market is. All the talk recently from the financial markets and the government about how … Read the rest of this entry »

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Australian labour force data – weakness continues

Today’s Australian Labour Force commentary comes from Toronto, Canada where it is just after midnight (00.16). Today’s release of the – Labour Force data – for March 2014 by the Australian Bureau of Statistics tells us that last month’s data, … Read the rest of this entry »

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Australian labour force data – monthly blip or turning point?

Today’s release of the – Labour Force data – for February 2014 by the Australian Bureau of Statistics can be taken in one of two ways. Either the strong full-time employment growth and rising participation rate is a turning point … Read the rest of this entry »

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Australian Labour Force data – the economy continues to deteriorate

Today’s release of the – Labour Force data – for January 2014 by the Australian Bureau of Statistics recorded a second consecutive month of negative employment growth and the unemployment rate rose to 6 per cent with participation constant. Full-time … Read the rest of this entry »

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Australian labour market – things are getting worse

Today’s release of the – Labour Force data – for December 2013 by the Australian Bureau of Statistics shows that employment growth is now negative (again), unemployment is rising (slightly) and the participation rate fell sharply, which cushioned the rise … Read the rest of this entry »

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