The official statistics aren’t telling a complete or accurate picture of unemployment and underemployment in Australia. I wrote this story in 2018 for InDaily. As a professional resume writer, I know the real state of the job market in Adelaide, Canberra and across Australia and it is nothing like what is being portrayed in the media or by politicians.
"Let me take you down to the Strawberry Fields estate, as we follow those who deliver the monthly Labour Force Survey (LFS).
The estate is an imaginary place but there’s nothing fictive about high unemployment in working and middle class suburbs across Australia, even though the LFS statistics would tell us otherwise.
This story examines how tight definitions of unemployment and the statistical manipulation of data, drives down the unemployment rate. The media then uncritically reports these figures, allowing the government to spin them to the public, creating an enduring delusion."