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Labour loss: unemployment hits 6% for the first time in a decade

Unemployment has reached a 10-year high but the news from the ABS today wasn’t all bad, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write. Employers are hedging their bets on which way the economy will go.

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Brace for the r-word: steady job figures mask a sluggish economy

There’s no need for alarmism: the Australian economy will cope with the job losses generated by Holden, Qantas and other closures, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.

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Jobs numbers up seven-fold on expectations

There is not likely to be an RBA rate cut in the near future, as jobs growth was much stronger than expected in February. But is the Australian economy out of the woods for 2013?

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Jobs market holding up like a punch-drunk boxer

Uemployment is steady at 5.4%, data out today shows. All eyes are now on the Aussie dollar, to see if it will continue to drift downwards — to the aid of a sluggish economy.

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Creative jobs: maybe that arts degree isn’t so useless after all

Worried about a career in the arts? It’s not as bad as you may think. Journalists and printers may be on the scrap heap, but there are more artists employed than ever according to new data.

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Stop singing those blue-collar blues: manufacturing jobs rise

ABS data shows the dynamics of the Australian workforce are changing — good news at last for manufacturing, but bad news for public servants and construction workers.

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Public service cuts start to bite in workforce numbers

Public service cuts are making their presence felt in employment data, while health continues to power on as out biggest employer.

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Actually, manufacturing is employing more workers

Employment in manufacturing rose in the three months to February, the first rise since mid-2010. There hasn’t been as big a rise in manufacturing in trend terms since early 2008.

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Thousands of jobs gone

Crikey media wrap: A volatile financial climate — thanks to a high Aussie dollar and pressures from Europe — is resulting in thousands of Australian jobs being cut from finance, retail and manufacturing industries.

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Understating unemployment?

A survey result by the Bureau published this morning suggests that the participation rate significantly understates the number of Australians who could be enticed into the workforce if jobs were available

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From boom to bust: Australian employment over three years

Possum Comitatus looks at how Australian employment has changed over the last three years, from the peak of the last boom in 2007 to today. The IT industry is shedding, while health and science are on the up.

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