unemployment

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You might be surprised to know that many unemployed Australians are not on unemployment benefits. And then came COVID – which saw a big shift in how many people were able and willing to claim.

Side on view of Treasurer Josh Frydenberg

The dominant forces in the Coalition seem to have learnt their lesson: Australia’s economy still needs serious budget support.

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A new book tells the story of the offices and frontline staff who work with Australia’s most disadvantaged job seekers.

Reserve Bank Deputy Governor Guy Debelle

The bank's decision to focus on just one thing puts the onus on the government to take action to rein in home prices.

Young man sitting on a lounge with head in hands looking unhappy

Financial hardships in particular are likely to lead to ongoing mental health problems, even as the pandemic subsides. 

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The Reserve Bank should stick to its guns. Australia's economy still needs all the support it can get.

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A high unemployment rate isn't just bad for individuals without a job, and the costs aren't just financial.

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The new system will direct money to employers who actually create jobs.

Man picking blueberries

Exploitation and underpayment is rife in fruit picking. The Coronavirus Supplement appears not to have dented the will to work.

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New analysis shows there is considerable scope to increase JobSeeker payments before they might hinder people's motivation to find paid work.

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