Topic archives: jobs data

Tapering jobs growth kills wage growth hopes

June 15, 2018 14

The peak of the jobs boom is behind us. If wages haven't started growing strongly by now, they're hardly likely to do so in coming months.

Weakening jobs market bodes poorly for wages

and April 23, 2018 8

The strong jobs growth of 2017 is now in the rear-view mirror, meaning wages growth is unlikely to pick up. But workforce participation is at an all-time high.

Crikey Worm: jobs boom in 2017

January 19, 2018 1

Good morning, early birds. Employment growth ballooned in 2017, and a new biopsy test promises to detect early-stage cancerous tumours long before they turn deadly. It's the news you need to know, with Chris Woods.

Michaelia Cash’s jobs figures don’t add up

October 20, 2017 6

The Employment Minister tends to boast impressive figures in her monthly report on jobs growth, but just a little digging turns up a lot of fool's gold.

Michaelia Cash says Australia’s employment figures are just peachy. They are not.

July 28, 2017 16

Michaelia Cash has pointed to positive jobs numbers as evidence the economy is just fine. But there's a lot she's not telling you.

Full-time work soon to be the privilege of a wealthy few in Australia

March 20, 2017 12

Soon after Tony Abbott’s Coalition government implemented its changes to the budget, employment policy, the tax regime and trade relations, the ratio of Australians in full-time work fell below 42% for the first time ever, writes economics reporter Alan Austin.

Business bites: jobs made … terms of trade … tax not paid …

December 7, 2015

US job growth solid. And other business tidbits of the day.

Unemployment down: the post-Abbott relief rally, or too good to be true?

November 12, 2015 10

There was a massive surge in employment in October, if you believe the Australian Bureau of Statistics jobs data, write Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer.

Confusing data leaves job market (and statisticians’ quality) a mystery

October 15, 2015

The labour market continues to hold up, but isn't getting any stronger -- if you can believe today's jobs numbers. Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane report.

Business bites: rate tweaks … property looks bleak … greedy gun freaks …

August 31, 2015 1

The world holds is breath ahead of the US Federal Reserve's meeting in mid-September. And other business tidbits of the day.

Why you should be worried about fishy WA unemployment numbers

June 11, 2015 3

The ABS has admitted there is a flaw with the way its jobs numbers are compiled, and the numbers might not mean what you think they mean.

Business bites: election UK … ASX field day … will Greece pay? …

Business bites: election UK … ASX field day … will Greece pay? …

May 8, 2015 1

If the Conservatives retake Britain, expect a lot of turmoil as business contemplates the impending EU "Brexit". And other business tidbits of the day.

Has the jobs market stabilised? Mixed numbers suggest it might

May 7, 2015

Despite a fall in full-time employment, the jobs market doesn't look like it's getting any worse for now, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.

Unemployment lurches up while government navel-gazes

Unemployment lurches up while government navel-gazes

February 12, 2015 12

A big rise in unemployment reflects concern that the economy is softening while the government is focused on its own problems, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.

Business Bites: China slows … US grows … Abbott’s woes …

Business Bites: China slows … US grows … Abbott’s woes …

February 9, 2015 1

China's economy slumps in line with falling commodity prices. And other business tidbits of the day.

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

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

September 11, 2014 1

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

ABS cuts could undermine jobs data accuracy

ABS cuts could undermine jobs data accuracy

August 11, 2014 2

Budget cuts mean there's a question mark over how accurate the new set of jobs data really is, Glenn Dyer writes.

Relax, the unemployment figures are not so bad

Relax, the unemployment figures are not so bad

August 8, 2014 3

Oh no, Australia's unemployment is at a 12-year high! But if you look more deeply into the figures, you'll find things aren't so dire after all ...

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

April 10, 2014 4

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.

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

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

March 13, 2014 2

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.