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ACT Unemployment Progress

By johnboy - 20 October 2010 4

ACT unemployment rates

The ACT’s answer to the People’s Daily, “Measuring Our Progress” is thrilled to report that unemployment is down from late 2009.

It’s up from where we were in 2007/8, but it’s definite progress since 2009.

Having said that unemployment in this town hasn’t been over 4% since 2003 and our participation rate is 72.4% compared to 65.5% nationally.

So if you haven’t got a job then it’s time to take another look at the choices you make. (Ditto if you can’t find staff for what you’re offering)

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ACT Unemployment Progress
dtc 2:37 pm 20 Oct 10

walking through the ANU today there was a sign for one of the cafes seeking staff. I mean, when I was at uni (a long long time ago) every where at uni had a waiting list of 50+ people wanting to work for them.

Really – an on campus place has to advertise for casual staff – thats when you know things are good.

(but…there is a difference between a ‘job’ and a ‘career’. In fact, trying to find a job while really looking for a career can be hard, because no one wants to hire you if you are obviously going to leave ASAP)

neanderthalsis 2:00 pm 20 Oct 10

colourful sydney racing identity said :

Mental illness and homelesness don’t make you unemployable but both make it hard for one to find employment.

Diagnosed mental illness will get you onto the DSP. There are also a number of support services aimed at enabling people with mental illnesses to transition into work, and, believe it or not, there are employers willing to hire them. For those with serious issues, yes, work may be an out of the question prospect, DSP supports these people. There is also large buckets of funding available for training.

As for the homeless, yes it is a tragedy that people have to sleep rough, but we need to look at the underlying causes. For those who are homeless due to a mental illness, see above. There is crisis accommodation (limited, I know…)and some services allow you to list them as your mailing address.

colourful sydney rac 1:13 pm 20 Oct 10

neanderthalsis said :

It does take a good deal of effort to stay on the dole and still meet your mutual obligation targets though. The trick is to hang in there until you can convince a doctor that you have a disability, fail a job capacity assessment and you can switch to the DSP.

There is significant demand for labour across most sectors of the ACT labour market, from entry level to highly skilled positions. In the current climate, if you haven’t got a job then you really don’t want a job OR, you’re unemployable.

Mental illness and homelesness don’t make you unemployable but both make it hard for one to find employment.

neanderthalsis 11:41 am 20 Oct 10

It does take a good deal of effort to stay on the dole and still meet your mutual obligation targets though. The trick is to hang in there until you can convince a doctor that you have a disability, fail a job capacity assessment and you can switch to the DSP.

There is significant demand for labour across most sectors of the ACT labour market, from entry level to highly skilled positions. In the current climate, if you haven’t got a job then you really don’t want a job OR, you’re unemployable.

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