Eraser changing the word Unemployment for Unemployed

Part-time Work Lifts Employment Rate

A low unemployment rate is a positive for any economy. And Australia has seen the job rate rise heading into 2019.

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.

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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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Alana Sumic

Alana Sumic

Alana Sumic is an editor and writer for The Australian Tribune. She has a Bachelor of Arts from La Trobe University and a Masters in Publishing and Editing from Monash University.

She specialises in national and international politics and current affairs. She’s passionate about delivering the unfiltered stories that matter to you, on all topics.

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  1. That is OK. But let us imagine how many of the ’employed’ people would rather have a real job. How many are on disability pension that it actually suits them. And then those on the benefit that look for a job, just to pull wool over the authorities’ eyes. Let us not forget to mention the swelling public service. Just how many are not needed there is a big unknown.