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Essential: voters souring on the economy, prefer local surrogacy

Voters aren’t happy with the overall direction of the economy, and don’t buy the government’s claim that the budget will be good for jobs.

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Are we in danger of choking off a recovering economy?

As we head toward the 2014-15 budget, we’ve been given a clear view of how the economy is travelling, and the risks of a harsh budget, Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer write.

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Hunting for the penalty rates evidence proves a tricky task

The evidence for the impact of penalty rates on the hospitality sector proves surprisingly hard to find. But there are some important clues …

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Coalition takes a brave stand on Labor’s territory of jobs

The Coalition is doing the right thing on industry handouts, but it is playing to Labor’s strength with voters. The opposition is ahead in the polls because voters are worried about jobs.

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Wages non-growth and austerity potential traps for the economy

Weak wage growth and soft public demand could yet leave us stranded as we look for new sources of economic growth, Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer write.

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The freelance economy: iPros rally, but are they getting a fair deal?

As Australia’s manufacturers shut up shop, more and more workers will be going freelance. Henry Belot — himself a freelance writer — looks at what it will mean when we give the boss the flick.

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Time to get real on the (in)significance of the car industry

The car industry is a footnote in the Australian economy, not the huge employer it once was. Its loss will have limited economic impacts, and now is a good time for tough decisions.

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Coalition inherits a workforce participation challenge

Australia’s participation rate is falling. How the government responds will be key to our fiscal and economic performance in coming years, write Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane.

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Mental health in the workplace: employers can do more

On World Mental Health Day, are Australian employers supportive of the vast number of employees suffering from mental illness? SmartCompany looks at one case.

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Strong jobs growth suggests economy is quite OK

Today’s strong employment growth figures suggest the economy is travelling better than many believe. The rate is down, but Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane report 50,000 new jobs were created.

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We’re all 37-year-old Australian-born Catholic women

Meet the average Australian. She’s 37, has a religion, and her parents were born here. The ABS has crunched the numbers on the 2011 census to introduce us to Ms Average.

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Moonlighting MPs are not breaking the rules

The case of a moonlighting South Australian MP raises questions around the rules and norms of whether MPs should take second jobs (or sit on Councils). Crikey intern Carrington Clarke investigates.

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Data crunch: how many (con) jobs are there in Tassie forestry?

The war over Tasmania’s forests is painted as jobs vs trees. But how many jobs are there really in the state’s forestry sector? Andrew Macintosh from the ANU and Richard Denniss from The Australia Institute investigate.

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Labour data: unemployment up, but trends confuse

Pause a moment before jumping on the doom and gloom bandwagon, unemployment is up and employment is down, but participation is steady.

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Confounding the doomsayers again

The labour force figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics for August have done it again.

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Where the rich and poor live

A new series of data from the ABS this morning — a comparison of variations in Wage and Salary Income between Local Government Areas.

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Great news for financial traders

Out came the latest set of employment figures showing a few changes and down went the value of the Australian dollar.

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Cutting the fat

Crikey readers have their say.

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Unemployment number not quite as good as it seems

Here’s something to look for in the employment statistics to be released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics tomorrow.

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Is this the new way to find a job? Let the bidding begin …

The online marketplace has revolutionised everything from choosing a partner to going shopping. Now, auction websites could be set to change the way we’re employed, with a new service launching this week allowing employers to bid for the services of workers online.

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‘Professional services’ joins big league of local employers

While mining continues to expand its workforce, professional services is now becoming a key employer in Australia.

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Further happy economic signs.

Today’s employment report from the Australian Bureau of Statistics indicates an economy still growing well.

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Highlighting an invisible issue

Crikey readers have their say.

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Why getting Australians into mining jobs doesn’t add up

Bringing in foreign workers for mining industry jobs makes sense - because it doesn’t make sense for most of us to relocate to mining towns.

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Getting the long-term retail story right

The real story of what is happening in retail is one of economic reform, but the media are determined to ignore it, write Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer.

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