Employment The great divide
Our most recent quarterly employment numbers are out, and as you might guess, there is not too much reason to rejoice, although a gain is a gain, so we’ll take it. There were 42,000 more people with jobs in Q1 of 2022 compared to the last three months of 2021, thanks to upticks in community services (+2.4%), manufacturing (+0.7%) and mining (+0.4%). Of those 42,000 souls, only 1,000 were fortunate enough to secure full-time employment, while the remaining 41,000 have had to make do with part-time jobs. Looking at the yearly change between March last year and this, total employment was up 200,000, with only 8,000 of these positions being full time.
Comment: Better than a slap in the face, we suppose. However so much still needs and must be done to draw us out of the employment quagmire. Any suggestions?