Category Archives: Labour Force

Commentary and analysis of labour force data releases.

Australian labour market – stagnating due to lack of overall spending

Last month’s Australian labour force data showed what a part-time employment nation we were becoming. The latest labour force data released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics – Labour Force data – for June 2016 show that employment growth … Read the rest of this entry »

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US labour market – some improvement but still soft

Last week (June 8, 2016), the US Bureau of Labor Statistics published the latest – Employment Situation – June 2016 – and the data shows that “Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 287,000 in June, and the unemployment rate rose … Read the rest of this entry »

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Full employment = mass idle labour – detaching language from meaning

In the Golden Egg by Donna Leon, which I was reading on a flight over the weekend, there was a discussion about language and meaning. The detective in question was musing about how crimes are described and concluded that when … Read the rest of this entry »

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Australia, the part-time employment nation – further poor labour market data

The latest labour force data released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics – Labour Force data – for May 2016 show that those ominous signs that have been apparent for most of this year have brought the Labour market … Read the rest of this entry »

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Australian labour market – continues to languish

The latest labour force data released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics – Labour Force data – for April 2016 show that those ominous signs that have been apparent for most of this year are still hovering above the … Read the rest of this entry »

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Solving Our Unemployment Crisis presentation, April 19, 2016

Today, I am in Madrid for the start of the public events associated with the promotion of the Spanish version of my current book – Eurozone Dystopia: Groupthink and Denial on a Grand Scale. I travelled this morning from Granada … Read the rest of this entry »

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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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