You can’t argue with figures, no matter how hard the federal opposition tries to.
In December, the national unemployment rate slightly fell, but while it was part-time jobs that lowered the figure, the federal Labor party eagerly pointed out that less people had full-time employment.
In December, the jobless rate sat at 5%, lower than the 5.1% it was at in November. In the final month of 2018, 21,600 more were employed than in November.
On the other end, full-time employment was 3,000 people less than in the previous month to December, according to ABS data released on Thursday.
Full-time employment falls
This comes after a drop of 6,400 in full-time workers in November. This was due to a rise in the participation rate unexpectedly moved the jobless rate up by 0.1%, according to AAP.
Brendan O’Connor, Labor employment spokesman, stated that the recent figures are ‘pretty much steady as you go’ and that the Labor party always welcomes any improvement, AAP reports.
O’Connor said that while the improvement had been made in December, there were still more unemployed than 2013, when the Abbott government was elected.
‘Whilst there’s been, of course, jobs growth, it’s only just kept up with population growth’.
However, any employment increase has to be seen in the current economy we find ourselves in.
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