Category Archives: Labour Force

Commentary and analysis of labour force data releases.

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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Australia – vacancy data undermines the deregulation lobby

Yesterday, the Australian Bureau of Statistics released the latest – International Trade in Goods and Services – data for November 2013 which told us that the national economy is slowing. We learned that while exports were aout steady, imports (particularly … Read the rest of this entry »

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Manufacturing in Australia can survive if it shifts focus

Last week, the Holden Motor Car Company, a division of General Motors announced it was intending to close its Australian operations down in 2017 after having operated on a continuous basis in one form or another since 1856. The decision … Read the rest of this entry »

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Australian labour market – stagnating

Today’s release of the – Labour Force data – for November 2013 by the Australian Bureau of Statistics confirms that the new government needs to substantially alter the macroeconomic policy settings in favour of stimulus to address the virtually zero … Read the rest of this entry »

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The CofFEE Employment Vulnerability Index V2.0

Today our research centre – Centre of Full Employment and Equity – which is known as CofFEE, released the second version of our – Employment Vulnerability Index – which is an indicator that identifies the localities (medium-sized areas) in Australia … Read the rest of this entry »

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Manufacturing employment trends in Australia

I have been looking at industry employment data today for Australia, in particular, the behaviour of the manufacturing industry, which has attracted considerable press attention in the recent period as a result of announcements of substantial job losses being linked … Read the rest of this entry »

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Australian Labour Force – urgent fiscal stimulus needed

Today’s release of the – Labour Force data – for October 2013 by the Australian Bureau of Statistics confirms that the new government needs to substantially alter the macroeconomic policy settings in favour of stimulus to address the virtually zero … Read the rest of this entry »

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