Political and economic news from an Australian perspective
Sunday, 2 March 2014
Another variation on the dole bludger theme
Every time I see a tabloid beat-up like that I cannot help turning to the website of the Australian Bureau of Statistics where this morning I found this:
The number of unemployed persons increased by 16,600 to 728,600 in January 2014 (seasonally adjusted), while in trend terms the number of unemployed persons in January 2014 rose by 5,200 to 717,700.
Total job vacancies in November 2013 were 140,000, a decrease of 0.3% from August 2013. (The vacancy figures are only published quarterly with November being the last available.)
I for one would be a lot angrier about dole bludgers if there actually were jobs they were all bludging away from.
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