The most recent data from Statistics Canada shows that, while gender inequalities in the workplace remain fairly large between women and men, there are some notable exceptions.
South Africa’s challenge is how to break the cycle of people becoming locked in chronic unemployment who may not be employable in the long term.
The Treasury and RBA believe Australia’s sustainable rate of unemployment is above 4%, but Australia’s leading economists think 3.75% is possible long-term, and have ideas about how to achieve it.
While fewer new jobs are being created, an unusually high backlog of vacancies is keeping demand for workers high. But over the past year, we’ve seen a shift in who is being hired.
Canada is counting on immigrants to drive economic growth. Smaller urban communities can help take pressure off Canada’s most heavily populated regions by attracting and retaining newcomers.
A shift towards a more distributed, borderless global workforce will not necessarily lead to job losses for Canada, but it will be disruptive and require restructuring in the labour market.
Australia’s employment growth is slowing, but the ups and downs from month to month make it hard say what happens next.
Indonesian worker protests about a new emergency regulation – issued suddenly in late 2022 to replace a controversial job creation law – look likely to continue ahead of the February 2024 election.
Even with an unemployment rate of 3.9%, wages aren’t adjusted often.
Even the government’s pledge of 1.3 million extra jobs might not be enough to keep unemployment below 4%. The pledge ought to be the unemployment rate itself.
The Way to Work scheme will increase the pressure of benefits sanctions, which is particularly damaging for women and mothers.
Evidence shows that benefits sanctions push people into worse jobs, with long term negative effects.
Freelancers who have lost work during the COVID-19 crisis can take steps to ensure they have a successful long-term career in the post-pandemic period.
Africa is far from having an ageing farming population. What is missing is a critical mass of skilled, young farmers with access to finance who could drive productivity in farming.
We estimate 39% of all jobs in Australia can be done from home, with men more likely to have teleworkable jobs.
Even in places that are now COVID-free spending remains subdued, and different.
Being flexible about both location and the nature of employment will help youth make the most of the current challenging labour market situation due to COVID-19.
Women have suffered much more than men. Many who were employed in March have withdrawn from the labour force and so aren’t counted as unemployed.
We are going to need some sort of wage subsidy well beyond six months. The best kind of subsidy would be portable.
There’s a lot the treasurer could do, but there’s an argument for leaving things as they are.