Employment and Skills

Labour market results for the September quarter are expected to be mixed

Friday November 01, 2013 Shaun Twaddle

We started the second half of 2013 with the economy appearing to have some momentum behind it. Since then however, consumer and business confidence has dipped a little. Nevertheless, overall conditions remain positive. Despite these positive noises, the labour market conditions remain somewhat erratic and September quarter labour market results, released on 6 November, are unlikely to be as positive as many are hoping.

Unemployment drops as people give up

Monday February 18, 2013 Kel Sanderson

The unemployment in December quarter was 160,000, which is 10,000 less than it was in September quarter. The reason it dropped is because the number who gave up looking for a job increased by 21,000 people.

Bleak jobless numbers call for change of course

Thursday November 08, 2012 Dr Ganesh Nana

Despite our forecast being almost spot on, it gives us not pleasure whatsoever to see the official unemployment rate rise to 7.3%. Actual official unemployment totalled 170,000 in September, up from 151,200 this time last year.

Anaemic economy: 173,000 to Oz in four years not enough!

Friday August 10, 2012 Kel Sanderson

Employment growth continues to fall. It dropped from 43,000 a year ago to just 12,000 in the 12 months to June 2012. That 12,000 increase is nowhere near enough to employ the increase in the number of people who want to work. Even this meagre employment increase could well become negative in the next six months if the trend over the last year continues.