To mark the African National Congress' policy review conference, we bring you a selection of previously published articles about the state of South Africa's governing party and the country.
Jobs growth slowed in September, yet the despite the disappointing figures there's no political will to do anything about it.
The current discussion about youth unemployment overlooks some nuances of the data that should be helping shape policy.
South Africa's unemployment figures have been stubbornly high over the past two decades. One policy measure that could help alleviate the pressure is a youth wage subsidy.
There is no mandatory four-week wait for young people to receive benefits in New Zealand.
A review of South Africa's methodology to measure poverty shows that 60% of people in the country are poor. This is way higher than the figures that are usually quoted.
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.
Australians are used to casual work, but there's not yet any evidence the gig economy is taking off.
One in five workers in South Africa is poor. The plight of the working poor has wide implications. Employers have a responsibility to ensure a minimum level of decent wages.
The July employment report suggests the recent trend of lackluster gains in jobs and wages is continuing, and a rate hike should therefore be off the table for the time being.
A dedicated group of forward-looking experts have crunched the numbers on human progress. There's good news, and there's bad news.
A coalition of companies including Starbucks and Walmart plan to help 100,000 young people jumpstart their careers. It's a good start, but much more needs to be done.
MPs will vote Monday on a welfare bill which imagines a world where work is a gilded path away from poverty.
Australia doesn't have many of the employment problems still troubling OECD countries, but structural unemployment is one.
Up to five million Australian jobs could disappear with the next 15 years and technology advances and leads to more automation. So what should we do?
If you leaving school today to embark on a career, what should you study to protect your job from automation and outsourcing?
Psychology can't be used to diagnose and treat unemployment.
The more we automate jobs, the more we need to find new jobs for people, especially if the government wants us to stay in the workforce longer. That's going to take some clever thinking.
Economics isn't brain surgery, so why is a neurosurgeon-turned-presidential candidate dismissing the latest unemployment report?
As we head into the federal budget tonight, all eyes will be on how the Coalition government might tackle some challenging economic data affecting Australia's economy.