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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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In Holden’s wake, let the market, not government, pick winners

The evidence is mounting that government grants for business don’t work. InDaily journalist Kevin Naughton finds past subsidies to businesses have done more harm than good.

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How Holden conned Australia — and we bought it every time

Holden continually got money out of the Australian government, but there was never a way to save its Australian operations. In Daily journalist Kevin Naughton reveals the con job.

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How can we have an economy if we keep losing jobs?

Crikey readers talk spying on Timor-Leste and the real cost of letting Holden shut up shop.

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Crikey Blogs | FILM & TV|

Movie review: Jobs — one long, cheesy moment

Joshua Michael Stern’s Steve Jobs biopic is a bit of a turkey, but anyone trying to pin the blame on Ashton Kutcher should take a closer look at the script, writes Luke Buckmaster.

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Our Wimbledon balls-up

Crown cronyism Alan Baird writes: Re. “O’Farrell breaks promise, gifts $250m to Packer in two days” (Friday). For someone who dabbles in the doings of the sharemarket, Stephen Mayne has remained remarkably “at arm’s length” regarding the shenanigans from Crown, O’Farrell and the unlamented dross from the NSW ALP Right, following role model Richo. In addition […]

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Adam Giles’ pie-in-the-sky indigenous jobs plan

Adam Giles abolished the NT’s indigenous affairs portfolio and vowed to put Aboriginal people to work. But that’s easier said than done, writes ANU Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research’s Jon Altman.

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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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mUmBRELLA | COMPANIES|

40 reasons why you should avoid a career in journalism

It’s a pretty crappy time to be a journalist looking for a job in Australia, with Tim Burrowes finding a total of 40 jobs currently advertised. Which should be enough for, oh, maybe one journalism class due to graduate soon?

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Gawker | COMPANIES|

Journicide: how you’ll earn more cleaning toilets than as an editor

Who says there are no jobs for young journos? Columbia Journalism Review has full-time graduate jobs, paying $27,000 p.a. Gawker compiles a list of better paying jobs, from working at Maccas to inseminating cows. Stay positive.

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LA Times | COMPANIES|

Blood, sweat and night shifts: the life of an ER nurse

From dealing with dead children, to aggressive gang members and the black humour that nurses have in droves, LA Times offers a fascinating look at a hospital’s ER nurses.

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Wall Street Journal | ECONOMY|

Want to end poverty in India? Stop giving jobs to the poor

India’s economy has been growing at a tremendous rate. But focusing on job creation and inclusive growth — ie. helping the poor — is holding India back, writes Rajeev Mantri.

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NPR | COMPANIES|

PHOTO GALLERY: Obsolete occupations

Remember the days of lift operators and copy boys? Well, then you’re obviously fairly old, because they’re extinct professions these days. But NPR recalls the days of lamplighters and milkmen.

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SmartCompany | COMPANIES|

The top 10 jobs of 2010

2010 should be a boom year for Australian businesses across the board, with job opportunities for uni graduates set to grow. Smart Company names the industries that will lead the charge and the courses that will put you in ahead of the pack.

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Rudd’s stimulus furphy won’t create jobs

The government is arguing that their stimulus packages have “saved jobs”. But it is difficult to reconcile that statement with this data, writes Sinclair Davidson.

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Forbes | BUSINESS|

Employment on the move

Today’s 20-somethings can expect to change jobs four times before they’re 30 and 10 times before they’re 40, says John Zogby who asks what this technology-enabled transience means for community, housing and even children.

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New Scientist | PEOPLE & IDEAS|

Life as a professional lab rat

Meet the people who make a living as “professional guinea pigs”, trialling drugs and products for scientists — a career where the more you put your body at risk, the more you get paid.

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Forbes | ECONOMY|

It’s a good time to be dispensing drugs

While wages for investment banking associates have dropped by 30-40% in America’s recession, some professions are on the up in the downturn. And at the top of the pile: pharmacy.

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Crikey Blogs | ECONOMY|

Good news on the unemployment front

So, unemployment doesn’t seem to have grown much this month – hardly the sky is falling nonsense we’ve been seeing from the sandwich board wearers at News Ltd, says Possum.

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SackWatch 11: the shutters come down

Unemployment data released this morning has confirmed the suspicion among economists that the April jobless figure was a blip on the radar.

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The Times (UK) | ECONOMY|

The disappearing jobs of Merthyr Tydfil

By the 1970s Hoover employed more than 5000 people in Merthyr and was so dominant that the British town was dubbed “Hooverville”. But since the factory closed last month, lives have been shattered.

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Job cuts all the rage

Last Thursday’s surprise news that 19,500 jobs were lost in May seems to have triggered the flow of other reports of job cutting, writes Glenn Dyer.

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20,000 jobs lost, rates may not rise

The Reserve Bank’s campaign to slow the Australian economy and inflation continues to bear fruit, with the first loss of jobs for 19 months being recorded in May, writes Glenn Dyer.

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Australian market continues to defy reality

The Australian market has shown amazing strength in recent weeks, almost belligerent to the negative economic sentiments echoing from the US.

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The Economy: The Tyranny of Distance

Raising national productivity is a difficult matter. The Committee for the Economic Development of Australia (CEDA) has tackled road transport, one might imagine an arcane and highly technical matter.

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