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THE NEWS WRAP: Jobless rate dips to 5.1%, slightly better than economists’ predictions

Friday, 7 September 2012 | By Oliver Milman

The national jobless rate fell to a seasonally adjusted 5.1% in August, according to the latest figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.


The figures show the unemployment rate dropped to 5.1%, although economists had expected the rate to rise to 5.3%.


However, the fall comes as fewer people are looking for work. The participation rate fell to 65%, the lowest level since January 2007.


Bank fee class action given boost


Bank customers seeking to reclaim unfair charges from banks have been given a boost after a High Court ruling that the fees could be deemed excessive.


More than 38,000 ANZ customers are seeking $50 million in compensation in a class action taken against the bank for fees placed on overdrafts and late payments.


Grocon blockade ends


A fortnight-long blockade of a key Melbourne CBD building site has been called off by unions ahead of expected peace talks.


The illegal blockade of the construction company Grocon’s site was ended after an eight-hour arbitration meeting with Fair Work Australia. Unions say the dispute is over health and safety concerns.




The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 244.52 points, or 1.87%, to 13,292.00. The Australian dollar was up to US102.84 cents.