The unemployment rate in Western Australia has reached its highest since 2002 and, despite a new promise of 150,000 more jobs, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry warns there will be short-term pain before any long-term employment gains.
A surge in full-time jobs beats expectations, keeps unemployment steady and sends the Australian dollar higher.
Experts fear the north Queensland city will lose not only tourists, but broader economic momentum as the clean-up slows down activity in the weeks and months ahead.
The survival of regional towns revolves around the need to train and retain the next generation of willing workers — but are there enough jobs to go around?
The Prime Minister has just committed to creating 1.25 million jobs over the next five years, but economists say the pledge is nowhere near as ambitious as it sounds.
Despite economic growth slipping back under 3 per cent, strong growth in part-time jobs before Christmas helps to push down the unemployment rate.
The unemployment rate edges up to 5.1 per cent, despite the creation of more than 37,000 jobs last month.
Zinc production is set to increase in Australia with a multi-million investment to expand a refinery in north Queensland.
Australia is on the final leg of its economic recovery, but the US-China trade war, record household debt and property downturn could spell trouble, the International Monetary Fund warns.
Purposely underpaying workers is not considered theft. The Victorian Government wants to change that, but there are fears criminalising the issue may lead to more cover-ups.