Category Archives: Labour Force

Commentary and analysis of labour force data releases.

Australia Labour Force – weak and no signs of improvement

Today’s release of the – Labour Force data – for October 2014 by the Australian Bureau of Statistics is the since it made extraordinary admissions about the breakdown of seasonally adjustment methodology, which had made the last three months’ data … Read the rest of this entry »

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ABS revises labour force methodology – things are much worse than we thought

Yesterday, the Australian Bureau of Statistics released an extraordinary press notice – Statement from the Australian Statistician on the Labour Force estimates – which aimed to help everyone understand why the Labour Force data has been so weird lately. A … Read the rest of this entry »

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US labour market beset by massive job shortages

There was an interesting piece of analysis presented on the US Economic Policy Institute (EPI) site a few weeks ago – Labor Market Weakness Is Still not due to Workers Lacking the Right Skills – which showed the “the number … Read the rest of this entry »

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Rising long-term unemployment a sign of policy failure

While the Australian government ramps up its war on terror rhetoric and sending our armed forces to Iraq again, thus providing a major political diversion from their virtually complete policy failure on the socio-economic front, the data keeps coming which … Read the rest of this entry »

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Australian labour market – deteriorating

Today’s release of the – Labour Force data – for September 2014 by the Australian Bureau of Statistics provides a major revision to the data set, which corrects for the extraordinary (and unbelievable) rise in part-time employment and the decline … Read the rest of this entry »

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Australia labour force data – now a million underemployed

Today’s release of the – Labour Force data – for August 2014 by the Australian Bureau of Statistics revealed an extraordinary rise in part-time employment and a decline in unemployment. The results are suspicious as the ABS themselves acknowledge. Despite … Read the rest of this entry »

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Why we should close the ‘unemployment industry’

This morning I gave a Keynote presentation to the Jobs Australia conference in Melbourne, which is a gathering of people who work in what I call the extra industry – the ‘unemployment industry’ – which has sprung up in the … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Economics, Labour Force, Unemployment Benefits, Youth unemployment | 17 Comments

Australian labour force data – policy failure now stark

Today’s release of the – Labour Force data – for July 2014 by the Australian Bureau of Statistics shows a deteriorating situation. The Australian labour market is weakening. While the participation rate rose by 0.1 points, which pushed extra workers … Read the rest of this entry »

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Information is dangerous for neo-liberals

On Friday, I reported that a senior psychologist working in the off-shore detention centres was alarmed at the growing mental health problems of children of refugee-seeking parents who are detained with their families in these hell-hole prisons that Federal Government … Read the rest of this entry »

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Australian government now engaged in psychological torture of its citizens

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the US legislation – Economic Opportunity Act – introduced by Democrat president Lyndon B. Johnson. The law created the so-called local Community Action Agencies, which were directly regulated by the US Federal government. … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Labour Force, Unemployment Benefits | 12 Comments