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Benign jobs report won’t suit the doomsayers

October jobs data shows the economy isn’t faltering, even if we treat the ABS’s numbers with caution, Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer write.

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Relaxing 457 visa laws will spoil the economic pie

Contrary to the Abbott government’s claims, flagged changes to the foreign worker 457 visa program won’t be good for the Australian economy.

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Volatile jobs numbers break records, maybe not for the right reasons

A big fall in unemployment has more than reversed recent gains, but there are question marks over the figures.

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An insider’s take on job seekers and human resources

Crikey readers have their say on the Coalition’s job seekers requirements and other news of the day.

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‘I want to work’: youth unemployment on the rise

Australia’s youth unemployment has hit 13.5% and is still rising. Is the minimum wage holding Australia’s young people back — or is it the one thing they have to fall back on?

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Strong economic data, but will the RBA take away the punch bowl?

Fresh data shows that monthly volatility aside, the labour market is performing much more strongly than in 2013 — good news for Joe Hockey despite his gloomy forecasts, write Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane.

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‘Consumer sentiment’: they say one thing and do another

Consumer sentiment might be down, but that won’t necessarily translate into economic gloom — especially given today’s jobs numbers, write Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer.

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‘No one wants to know you’: unemployment catch-22 for older Aussies

The Productivity Commission has recommended increasing the pension age to 70 to keep Australians working longer. But with employers loath to hire anyone over 50, is this any kind of solution?

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On Keating and Kerry

Crikey readers talk Paul Keating’s interview with Kerry O’Brien and the traps of unemployment

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A vote in every polling booth

Crikey readers talk the catch-22 of the unemployed and what the AEC should ask about voting.

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Budget complaints bark up the wrong tree

Any monkey with an Excel spreadsheet can deliver a budget surplus. We must measure economic performance against GDP, inflation and unemployment — not debt, interest rates or the dollar.

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Unemployment hits 15-year high — and about Abbott’s sharemarket surge …

Unemployment is on the way up, write Crikey writers Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane, but the good news for the new PM is his election has triggered a miracle sharemarket surge the world over.

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Unemployment data: welcome to the jobs crunch

The July jobs figures suggest the government was right to lift its unemployment forecasts — it’s a soft labour market, even though unemployment is steady at 5.7% nationally. Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane report.

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Beautiful one day … Queensland drags down national jobs figures

Today’s ABS jobs data shows unemployment has risen a little, but Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane argue the data is modestly good news. Queensland is holding us back however.

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Job data remains stronger than expected, with unemployment at 5.5%

The latest data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics showed a small fall in the monthly unemployment rate of 5.5% (seasonally adjusted) for May from 5.6% for April and just 1100 new jobs created in the month

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Fantasy budget: economist Bill Mitchell mans the barricades

Australia’s budget deficit is far too low — we should guarantee jobs for the underemployed and spend more on public hospitals. That’s what economist Professor Bill Mitchell would do if he were in charge.

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Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

Ernst & Young says in its latest Fraud Survey published this week that hard-pressed company bosses are under so much pressure to deliver on growth that many have resorted to cooking the books.

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Who should control local government?

Crikey readers talk 457 visa holders, local government and the myth of the public airways.

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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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Trouble in paradise — blame shifting on unemployment in Queensland

Unemployment in Queensland has — unsurprisingly — increased following the Newman’s governments significant cuts across the public service. Blaming others doesn’t cut it, says Professor John Quiggin.

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Jobless rate steady — despite Campbell Newman’s efforts

Australia’s December 2012 unemployment rate has edged closer towards 5.4%. But a comparison with 2011 shows the jobs market is more resilient than most punters give it credit for.

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Dole around the world: how does Australia stack up?

With the latest unemployment rate due to be announced tomorrow, a quick look around the world shows that Australia is not a terrible place to be unemployed, writes freelance journalist Sally Whyte.

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Richard Farmer’s chunky bits: gloom for pessimists

As well as stronger employment figures, the ABS made it even harder to join the glass-half-empty crowd by finding that monthly aggregate hours worked series showed an increase in November.

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Richard Farmer’s chunky bits: triumph of the nerds

I hope you will forgive one comment about the triumph of the nerds who came under such attack from conservatives for correctly interpreting the myriad opinion polls as pointing to a very likely Barack Obama victory.

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Stevens vindicated: resilient labour market backs RBA call

October jobs data shows the economy still outperforming the predictions of doomsayers. Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane investigate.

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