Jul 11, 2013

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.

No doubt the gloomsters will make a meal out of the small rise in the jobless rate to 5.7% in this morning’s June labour force data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, but that would be over-egging what was on the whole a modestly encouraging report.

The June rate of 5.7% was up from the revised 5.6%, (from 5.5%) in May, seasonally adjusted. But any “shock horror” reaction should be tempered by a couple of points in the report. These were the number of jobs created in the month — net employment rose 10,300 to 11.669 million in the month, full-time jobs fell 4400 to 8.144 million people and part-time employment rose 14,800 to 3.524 million.

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  1. Ken Gover

    Little surprise that there are more unemployed in Queensalnd since Campbell Newman took office. Didn’t he sack most of them ? I suppose that makes the recent massive pay increases to our polititicians more affordable.

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