The concept of unemployment and an unemployment rate is fairly new, dating back to the end of the second world war. It’s increasingly unfit for purpose.
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.
Even with the latest small increase, JobSeeker remains low by overseas standards – and, on one measure, it’s the lowest in the OECD.
A new report on the ongoing impact of the pandemic on social service providers in Victoria found jobs and labour force participation are far from fully recovered.
The Conversation’s best graphs have removed doubt, surprised, and told entire stories.
A new book tells the story of the offices and frontline staff who work with Australia’s most disadvantaged job seekers.
Research undertaken for the National Summit on Women’s Safety has found one in four young Australian women in financial hardship experienced abuse from a current or former partner.
JobKeeper and the Coronavirus Supplement ended earlier this year. But the last few months in have shown the COVID crisis is far from over in Australia.
Mutual Obligations ought to help the unemployed find jobs more quickly. New research finds the opposite, and the jobs don’t pay as much.
what should the budget do for women? Jennifer Westacott (BCA) and Michele O'Neil (ACTU)
Michelle Grattan discusses next week's budget with Business Council CEO Jennifer Westacott, and ACTU president Michele O'Neil
With the end of JobKeeper come changes that will force more people to search for work.
An online survey suggests they found it easier to live, easier to care for their families, and easier to prepare for the world of paid work.
JobKeeper and the COVID Supplement to JobSeeker benefits will be gone in a week. The combined effect will be to halve some recipients’ incomes and the rent they can afford.
A Liberal male staffer masturbating on a female MP’s desk is merely a symptom of something very wrong in the Liberal Party’s attitudes to women, not the sum total of it.
Australia has a long history of making unemployment support contingent on the idea of “deservedness”. JobSeeker rules are an extension of that.
Philosophy can help us see how some of the implicit beliefs we hold about work are mere myths. Success isn’t always due to effort, and the idea some jobs are more shameful to have than others.
Michelle Grattan discusses the political week that was with Professor Paddy Nixon.
The base level of JobSeeker and related payments will increase by $50 a fortnight from April 1 under changes that will also toughen the obligations on people seeking work.
It’s important to get the figures right to know if we are truely out of any recession, or if we need further stimulus to help get more people into work.
Paying out 70% of salary for six months would line us up with much of the rest of the developed world.