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From Boom To Bust – How Employment Has Changed

From Boom To Bust – How Employment Has Changed

Possum Comitatus March 19, 2010 1 Comment

Ever wondered where we are all working these days? The latest release of the ABS Labor Force Survey tells us.(click to expand) Health care and social assistance industries have come in as Australia’s largest employer in February, beating the retail sector for only the second time (the first being back in August 2009). Together, these […]

Unemployment and all that Jazz

Unemployment and all that Jazz

Possum Comitatus December 11, 2009 9 Comments

With yesterday’s ABS release of the Labour Force Survey data, it might be worth having a closer look at it. First up, the basic unemployment rates for the states – and we’ll use the trend measure for all these. Also worth looking at is the amount that the unemployment rates for the States have changed […]

How many hours did we work this month?

How many hours did we work this month?

Possum Comitatus August 6, 2009 11 Comments

The ABS has released a new series to accompany their Labour Force Survey results called Aggregate Monthly Hours Worked, which you can read all about over at the ABS site. It’s a nifty new series that the ABS describes as: To complement the existing weekly actual hours worked original estimates, the ABS has developed estimates […]

A Warning on Tomorrow’s Unemployment Figures

A Warning on Tomorrow’s Unemployment Figures

Possum Comitatus June 10, 2009 25 Comments

With the ABS releasing the May employment data tomorrow via its monthly Labour Force Survey, it might be worth pulling the rug out from under the inevitable stupidity that has accompanied the media commentary on the figures lately. Remembering back to the last data released for April, the ABS had unemployment reducing from 5.7% down […]

Fair Suck of the Sav -Unemployment, probability and the ABS

Possum Comitatus June 1, 2009 10 Comments

Remembering back to last month when the unemployment figures were released by the ABS showing a fall from 5.7 to 5.4%, the howls of incredulity from economic firms that guessed wrong on this was deafening. The ABS unemployment figures are actually derived from a poll, albeit an enormous survey of around 41100 people, and it […]