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A bumper labour market report

June 17, 2021

The May labour market report was very strong on all accounts. Employment rose by 115k, the unemployment rate fell to 5.1% and the participation rate lifted. Underemployment fell further and suggests the labour market is tightening quickly. In this podcast Gareth Aird, Head of Australian Economics and Belinda Allen, Senior Economist discuss the labour market report and the outlook for employment. Gareth also talks about a newer measure of the labour market which includes all workers in the Australian economy, including temporary workers, which indicates employment is not yet back to pre pandemic levels. This is due to the loss of foreign workers from our labour supply. The evidence suggests the labour market is tightening and wages pressure should lift.  This differs from recent RBA commentary that wages and inflation pressure will remain muted for some time.


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