Youth Unemployment Monitor – Brotherhood of St Laurence

-+*Welcome to the My Chance, Our Future Campaign – and the first Youth Unemployment Monitor for 2015. This publication is part of our effort to highlight data, stories and solutions for youth unemployment in Australia. This month, Senator Ricky Muir provides a raw personal insight into his experience of being unemployed. We thank him for … [Read More] Youth Unemployment Monitor – Brotherhood of St Laurence

Take it from me: We can’t afford to crush young people’s employment hopes – The Age

-+*Extract from an article by Ricky Muir My resume does not read like most politicians’. I left school at 15 and moved out of home soon after. This is the first time I’ve revealed these details in public, and my hope is that my story will highlight how crushing it is to be young and … [Read More] Take it from me: We can’t afford to crush young people’s employment hopes – The Age

Senator Muir reveals his ”soul destroying” experience of unemployment – The Age

-+*Extract from an article  by Ben Schneiders Victorian Senator Ricky Muir has spoken candidly of his own “soul destroying” experience of long term joblessness and insecure work and attacked  government policies that treat the unemployed as if they are “lazy” and “slack.” In a powerful article he has written for The Age, and in a rare … [Read More] Senator Muir reveals his ”soul destroying” experience of unemployment – The Age

New report argues growth in older workers’ wages may have held down wages during the recovery – IF (UK)

-+*Extract David Kingman explains a recent report from professional services firm Ernst & Young which argues that the growing number of older workers has contributed to low wages during the economic recovery The growing number of older workers who are choosing to postpone their retirements by remaining in the labour market for longer may be … [Read More] New report argues growth in older workers’ wages may have held down wages during the recovery – IF (UK)

A remedy for inequality – ILO

-+*Building and bolstering labour market institutions is crucial for reducing inequality because market forces alone will not do the job. Extract from an article by Janine Berg, Senior Economist at the International Labour Organization Apparently, the first step in solving a problem is admitting that one exists. If so, it is welcome that inequality trends are … [Read More] A remedy for inequality – ILO

Family Characteristics and Transitions, Australia, 2012-13 – ABS

-+*Extract FAMILY CHARACTERISTICS The Family Characteristics topic provides data about families, including couples living in de facto and registered marriages, step and blended families, one parent families and visiting arrangements of children with parents who live elsewhere. It provides information about the composition of households and families, and the characteristics of people within them, to … [Read More] Family Characteristics and Transitions, Australia, 2012-13 – ABS

Old and young hit hard as the number of long-term unemployed Australians soars since global financial crisis – The Age

-+*Extract from an article by Ben Schneiders The number of Australians out of work for long periods has risen dramatically since the global financial crisis, with retrenched older workers and young people yet to find work particularly vulnerable to long-term unemployment. An analysis of Bureau of Statistics data by Fairfax Media shows that the number of … [Read More] Old and young hit hard as the number of long-term unemployed Australians soars since global financial crisis – The Age

The quiet shame of the long-term unemployed – The Age

-+*Extract from an article by Ben Schneiders Long-term unemployment (being out of work for more than a year) attracts little media or political attention but it alarms informed observers in the welfare sector. Since the global financial crisis struck in mid 2008 the number of long-term unemployed has risen by more than 150 per cent to … [Read More] The quiet shame of the long-term unemployed – The Age

Entrepreneurs cleaning up with new careers thanks to Stepping Stones program – Leader (West)

-+*Extract from an article by Alesha Capone PHOEBE Chen has made a clean sweep with her new career thanks to a program helping refugees and migrants become entrepreneurs. Ms Chen, 44, arrived in Melbourne from China two years ago. An electrical engineer, she came to live with her Australian husband but was unable to find a … [Read More] Entrepreneurs cleaning up with new careers thanks to Stepping Stones program – Leader (West)

The Employment Effects of Terminating Disability Benefits – MIAESR

-+*ABSTRACT Few people on the disability pension return to the labour force, making it hard to assess their likely employment in the absence of benefits. I examine the employment of individuals in the United States who lost their pension after the removal of drug and alcohol addictions as qualifying conditions. SOURCE: Moore,  Timothy J. “The Employment … [Read More] The Employment Effects of Terminating Disability Benefits – MIAESR

The big-money game of outsourced employment services – The Mandarin

-+*Extract from an article by Janine O’Flynn Outsourcing isn’t always the answer, but it isn’t never the answer. The Four Corners investigation into government employment services shows the structure of the relationship is key. Outsourcing public services is a tricky business — but there is no doubt a “business” it has become. Billions of dollars in … [Read More] The big-money game of outsourced employment services – The Mandarin

Youth unemployment hits a new high as people locked out of workforce – SMH

-+*Extract from an article by Rachel Browne, Social Affairs Reporter … While young people are staying at school for longer and undertaking further education in droves, they are struggling to secure that elusive “foot in the door” job … And that’s partly because our love of convenience and efficiency has killed off many of those entry-level jobs, … [Read More] Youth unemployment hits a new high as people locked out of workforce – SMH

Forget mining, the next employment boom is … – The New Daily

-+*Extract from an article by Jackson Stiles Stay ahead of the game with these eight in-demand jobs of the future. With the national unemployment rate hitting a 12-year high in January, workers in many industries find their jobs under threat from a sluggish economy. But as the traditional sources of employment like manufacturing wind down, there is hope … [Read More] Forget mining, the next employment boom is … – The New Daily

Privatisation of vocational education isn’t working – The Conversation

-+*Extract from an article by Serena Yu and Damian Oliver, University of Sydney Recent weeks have produced various horror stories of the workings of dodgy private providers of vocational education and training, including the latest: a recall of certificates due to sub-par standards in these institutions. Vocational training is crucial for both young Australians and the future of … [Read More] Privatisation of vocational education isn’t working – The Conversation

The Great Recession, Retirement and Related Outcomes – NBER (US)

-+*ABSTRACT This paper uses data from the Health and Retirement Study to examine retirement and related labor market outcomes for the Early Boomer cohort, those in their mid-fifties at the onset of the Great Recession. Outcomes are then compared with older cohorts at the same age. The Great Recession increased their probability of being laid … [Read More] The Great Recession, Retirement and Related Outcomes – NBER (US)

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