Topic archives: employment data

The workforce of 2020 — more women, less building stuff

March 14, 2016 5

The Australian workforce is shifting rapidly into services -- especially health and care services -- while traditional production industries decline. We take a look at what the workforce will look like in 2020.

ABS jobs data bungle a real crisis for a critical agency

ABS jobs data bungle a real crisis for a critical agency

October 9, 2014 3

The admission by the ABS that its recent employment data are wrong is a real crisis for an agency that has endured years of cuts, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.

Flat jobs numbers have the economy marking time

Flat jobs numbers have the economy marking time

June 12, 2014

This week's jobs data aren't anything to be worried about but it's clear the strong economic start to 2014 hasn't been maintained, Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer write.

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

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

February 13, 2014 8

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.

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

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

December 12, 2013 4

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.

Jobs numbers up seven-fold on expectations

March 14, 2013 1

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?

Jobs market holding up like a punch-drunk boxer

Jobs market holding up like a punch-drunk boxer

February 7, 2013 1

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.

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

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

January 25, 2013 4

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.

Stop singing those blue-collar blues: manufacturing jobs rise

Stop singing those blue-collar blues: manufacturing jobs rise

December 19, 2012 26

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.

Public service cuts start to bite in workforce numbers

September 14, 2012

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