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Unemployment rate remains steady but is set to weaken

2:29PM | Thursday, 7 February 2013 |  Australia’s unemployment rate remained steady at 5.4% in January, despite predictions it would rise, but NAB has warned the labour market will weaken as business conditions deteriorate.

SA and Tasmania are most job-starved states: Report

1:32PM | Monday, 16 January 2012 |  Start-ups desperate to recruit staff should consider candidates in job-starved states such as South Australia, where more than five jobseekers are vying for each job vacancy, new research reveals.

Unemployment spike could spawn more start-ups

11:26PM | Wednesday, 30 November 2011 |  People who start a business after being laid off need to manage their emotions as much as their finances, an expert says, in the wake of a Federal Government forecast of a rise in unemployment.

Transport and services offer brightest outlook for start-ups: Report

9:38PM | Tuesday, 13 September 2011 |  New data reveals manufacturing confidence has continued to plummet but the transport, utilities, personal services and recreation sectors are enjoying improved conditions.

Unemployment rises amid growing consumer gloom

9:12PM | Thursday, 8 September 2011 |  Australia’s unemployment rate unexpectedly rose to 5.3% in August, with consumer confidence now at a record low, separate grim new figures have revealed.

Employment up but consumers still cautious

12:35PM | Thursday, 16 December 2010 |  Australian employment grew by more than 400,000 in the year to November 2010, according to new labour force data.

Employers urged to hoard great staff as job market tightens

12:52PM | Friday, 10 December 2010 |  Recruitment expert says Australia’s tightening labour market means start-ups who stumble on a great potential recruit should consider hiring them immediately.

Swan predicts a return to surplus by 2012-13

11:03PM | Tuesday, 9 November 2010 |  Treasurer Wayne Swan says nearly 400,000 jobs will be added to the workforce over the next 18 months as the unemployment rate plunges towards 4.5%.

Small firms set to be hit by skills shortage

10:00AM | Tuesday, 26 October 2010 |  Predictions of another skills shortage could force small businesses to think outside the square when hiring staff, including increasing the skilled migration intake.

Franchises facing recruitment challenge

10:44PM | Tuesday, 19 October 2010 |  New research reveals Australia’s franchises are in good shape, although recruiting franchisees remains a major issue.
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