Category Archives: Labour market

Gutsy submission from Joe Branigan to regional decentralisation inquiry questioning inquiry’s rationale

The Australian Parliament is currently undertaking an inquiry into regional development and decentralisation, but the inquiry’s rationale has been brought into question by a brilliant submission from SMART Infrastructure Facility Senior Research Fellow (and occasional QEW contributor) Joe Branigan titled: … Continue reading

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Five million Queenslanders by EOFY 2017-18

Sometime around the middle of June next year, Queensland is expected to have 5 million residents (see chart below). This is based on an extrapolation of the Queensland Government Statistician’s Office’s population counter estimate, currently at around 4.95 million, which … Continue reading

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Courier-Mail & 612 ABC Brisbane media this week regarding jobs growth & small business

Today’s Courier-Mail features a short piece (on p. 29) “Employment growth best since the GFC” from Daryl Passmore quoting FNQ-based economist Pete Faulkner and me on Queensland’s recent strong employment growth. The Queensland economy has been recovering strongly over the … Continue reading

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Strong jobs figures for Qld, although much of recent increase was in part-time employment

The August jobs figures released yesterday by the ABS confirmed the Queensland economy is clearly on an upswing and jobs growth is currently strong, with through-the-year growth in employment at 3.7% compared with a national rate of 2.6% (chart 1). … Continue reading

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Rising workforce participation reflects improved jobs market in Qld

I have been commenting on Queensland’s improving labour market for several months now, and the July labour force data released by the ABS yesterday have confirmed that trend is continuing. The State’s unemployment rate remained stable at 6.3 percent in … Continue reading

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On the upcoming Ted Evans lecture & Qld’s recent employment trends

On 14 September, the Economic Society of Australia (Qld), of which I am the Secretary, is hosting the inaugural Ted Evans Public Policy Lecture at Customs House, Brisbane. The inaugural lecturer will be none other than former Treasury Secretary Ted … Continue reading

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Vacancies data support improving employment outlook in lead up to Qld election

Economists and market watchers were very excited yesterday by the May job vacancies data released by the ABS. Nationally, job vacancies were 1.6 percent higher (in seasonally adjusted terms) in May than in February, the time of the previous quarterly … Continue reading

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