Unemployment figures understate true state of the state
I occasionally bang on about the ABS figures no longer reflect the true state of unemployment and under employment in Australia. I have good company now with a senior ANU demographer agreeing with me.
Much of the problem lies in trying to quantify a qualitative phenomenon. It's not that the ABS is wrong but the methodology they use defines the issue away.
Anyone who works in the employment services industry knows that there is a deep and dark groundswell of anger amongst the unemployed and those living on the margins of society. I talk to them every day and try help them get work.
They are extraordinarily angry with our politicians, business leaders and the media. Many have stopped reading newspapers and watching TV news. I can't blame them. If you beat people around the head with a lie, they will turn on you.
I use my writing and political skills to get people short listed for jobs. I get angry when the media and business lobby groups say there is no unemployment issue or that the situation is getting better as they point to the ABS figures.
Change is in the air.
This opinion article in the Fairfax media gives a pretty good summation of the issue: