Labour force surveys and the Census just aren’t getting it right when it comes to the crucial task of measuring employment.
The ABS' labour force survey is more than 50 years old. We need a new way of measuring employment for a new modes of work.
Labor’s Brendan O'Connor said fewer people are seeking work.
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Shadow minister for employment Brendan O'Connor said the labour force participation rate was in "free fall" and that this showed "people have stopped looking for work". Is that true?
Labor’s Chris Bowen says Australian workers are doing it tough.
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Shadow treasurer Chris Bowen said Australian wages growth is at record lows. Is that true?
If enough people from a particular group don’t complete the Census, it can disrupt the data.
If the response rate to the 2016 Census is lower than expected, it could compromise our ability to draw meaningful information from the data.
Malcolm Turnbull’s tone on Thursday was tough, after a massive public backlash and with the census website still down.
A furious Malcolm Turnbull has made it clear he wants heads to roll over the census debacle.
What really caused the Census servers to crash?
The evidence the Census servers suffered a DDoS attack is weak. A simpler explanation is that they buckled under load of Australians filling out their Census forms as asked.
The federal government says the census website was not attacked or hacked, and no data was lost.
The government is seeking to reassure Australians their census data is secure, after the ABS was forced to take down the site on Tuesday night to ensure data was protected.
If you only consider average depth, you could drown at the deepest point.
Even without a DDoS attack, the 2016 Census may have failed due to the ABS making a rudimentary statistical error.
This is the screen that greeted many Australians on Census night, 9 August 2016.
Despite assuring Australians its systems were load tested and secure, the Census site went offline at a crucial time. Could the ABS have avoided such an embarrasing failure?
The ABS’ census website spectacularly crashed on Tuesday night.
Nick Xenophon is a populist politician with a knack of identifying issues likely to trouble people. When he said this week he wouldn’t put his name on his form, he immediately elevated the debate around…
South Australian senator Nick Xenophon has spoken out against census data retention.
Senate crossbencher Nick Xenophon will defy the requirement to provide his name when he fills out Tuesday's census.
The act of taking a census is as old as civilisation itself.
Census data have a real impact on the lives of Australians, from determining political representation through the distribution of electorates, to the allocation of government funding.
Unemployment figures don’t always tell the full story when it comes to the state of jobs in Australia.
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New housing finance is now contracting quickly.
Where investment loans were the fastest growing category of housing finance at the end of 2015, it is now the leading area of contraction.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.
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Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said that two-thirds of all industrial disputes in Australia are in construction, and that construction industrial disputes are up since the ABCC closed. Is that right?
There was enormous growth in casual employment prior to 1998.
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The Australian Industry Group (Ai Group) said that casual employment has not increased in Australia for the past 18 years. Is that right?
Statistics don’t lie - do they?
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Monthly labour force movements are feverishly reported - but has unemployment really changed?
Good employment data obscure the slow pace of jobs growth for women.
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It's true Australia is seeing the highest ever female workforce participation rate but there's still a long way to go.
Suicide is increasing among young people, especially women.
Suicide data for Australia released this week show rates among young people are at the highest they've been for over a decade, and now account for around one third of all deaths in those aged 15 to 24.
Employment growth does not equal ‘jobs creation’.
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Politicians all too often use monthly jobs numbers to infer that the other mob is doing a bad job or that they are doing a great job at managing the economy. But that's a flawed use of the data.