With a little help of my peers. The supportive role of online contacts for the unemployed – Computers in Human Behavior

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Unemployment is an unfortunate reality, whose overcoming often depends on social support, among other factors. Online social media, such as social network sites and communities, may offer an additional source of such support for unemployed people. This paper posits that online social support plays an important role in unemployed people’s ability to cope with . . . → Read More: With a little help of my peers. The supportive role of online contacts for the unemployed – Computers in Human Behavior

“It is for all of us to construct a future where full employment stands at the centre of our preoccupations” – International Labour Organization

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Australia’s unemployment rate increased to 6.1 per cent in September 2014 – Australian Bureau of Statistics

Australia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased 0.1 percentage points to 6.1 per cent in September 2014, as announced by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) today. The seasonally adjusted labour force participation rate decreased 0.2 percentage points to 64.5 per cent in September 2014. The ABS reported the number of people employed decreased by 29,700 . . . → Read More: Australia’s unemployment rate increased to 6.1 per cent in September 2014 – Australian Bureau of Statistics

2000 green jobs on the line – The Age

Extract from an article by Richard Willingham

The fate of more than 2000 jobs in the energy efficiency industry will be in the hands of the Victorian Parliament next week, with balance of power MP Geoff Shaw set to play a key role, green groups say.

The Napthine government has scrapped . . . → Read More: 2000 green jobs on the line – The Age

ABS employment data revised: Australians have been fed a ‘statistical furphy’ – The Age

Extract from an article by Gareth Hutchens

Economists say Australians have been fed a “statistical furphy” about the unemployment rate because it has been better than we have been led to believe.

The Bureau of Statistics will issue a heavily revised set of employment data on Thursday that could show the . . . → Read More: ABS employment data revised: Australians have been fed a ‘statistical furphy’ – The Age

Unemployment rate hits 6.1% in September – The Age

Extract from an article by Mark Mulligan

Australia’s jobless rate rose 0.1 percentage point to 6.1 per cent in September, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, which has come under fire this week for the veracity of its data.

The ABS said there were 30,000 fewer people registered as employed . . . → Read More: Unemployment rate hits 6.1% in September – The Age

ABS retracts data for August showing 121,000 new jobs were created – The Guardian

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Bureau of Statistics to launch review into seasonally adjusted employment data that recorded largest swing in employment figures since records began in 1978

The Australian Bureau of Statistics has retracted its seasonally adjusted employment data for July and August, which recorded huge swings in the jobless rate.

The number of Australians with jobs rose . . . → Read More: ABS retracts data for August showing 121,000 new jobs were created – The Guardian

Government that ignores evidence sets up welfare policies to fail – The Conversation

Extract from an article by Eva Cox

The mess of federal budget negotiations has taken over the limited space for social policy debates. However, we are due to get final reports on a range of inquiries. These include theMcClure report on social security, which will take into account Andrew Forrest’s Creating Parity report . . . → Read More: Government that ignores evidence sets up welfare policies to fail – The Conversation

Cutting the churn: development for indigenous workers – The Mandarin

Extract from an article by David Donaldson

A new professional development course aims to cut churn by giving indigenous public servants the skills and confidence to progress their careers in other parts of the service.

Indigenous public servants experience a higher turnover rate than their non-indigenous peers. A new course aims to change that.

The . . . → Read More: Cutting the churn: development for indigenous workers – The Mandarin

Some relief for young job seekers, but fears remain – AYAC and YACVic

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The Australian Youth Affairs Coalition (AYAC) and the Youth Affairs Council of Victoria (YACVic) today welcomed news that the government will not require young job seekers to apply for 40 jobs a month. The announcement is part of the Department for Education’s Request for Tender for Employment Services 2015-2020 document, which . . . → Read More: Some relief for young job seekers, but fears remain – AYAC and YACVic

The influence of low-income children’s participation in Head Start on their parents’ education and employment – JPAM

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Head Start is the oldest and largest federally funded preschool program in the United States. From its inception in 1965, Head Start not only provided early childhood education, care, and services for children, but also sought to promote parents’ success. However, almost all evaluation studies of Head Start have focused solely on children’s cognitive . . . → Read More: The influence of low-income children’s participation in Head Start on their parents’ education and employment – JPAM

Tendering for government employment deal is ‘a waste of time’ – The Guardian

Extract from an article by Bridie Jabour

Jobs Australia boss says the likely failure to legislate changes to the dole system makes a mockery of the bidding process

Organisations could be wasting their time tendering to run the government’s employment services if proposed changes to the system fail to get through parliament, according to Jobs . . . → Read More: Tendering for government employment deal is ‘a waste of time’ – The Guardian

Employment Services Tender: Sensible changes but job seekers will still suffer – Jobs Australia

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The CEO of Jobs Australia, the national peak body for non-profit employment services providers, Mr David Thompson AM, today welcomed the release of the Request For Tender for Employment Services 2015-2020, and particularly welcomed changes that have been made since the July Exposure Draft.

The final RFT incorporates a series of changes in . . . → Read More: Employment Services Tender: Sensible changes but job seekers will still suffer – Jobs Australia

U-turn on job applications shows we listen, says Tony Abbott – The Age

Extract from an article by Patricia Karvelas

TONY Abbott says his government’s decision to backdown on a plan to force the unemployed to apply for 40 jobs a month demonstrates he is prepared to listen to feedback, but welfare groups say there are still major flaws with the Coalition’s new jobs plan.

The government’s draft . . . → Read More: U-turn on job applications shows we listen, says Tony Abbott – The Age

Victorian government jobs plan heavy on spin, light on detail – The Age

Extract from an article by Josh Gordon

After almost four years – and with the unemployment rate hovering at the highest level for 13 years – the state government appears to have jolted to the idea that jobs are a central political issue.

So much so that . . . → Read More: Victorian government jobs plan heavy on spin, light on detail – The Age

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