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UNDEREMPLOYMENT, LOW WAGES GROWTH AND INSECURE WORK REMAIN KEY PROBLEMS FOR AUSTRALIAN WORKERS

January 24, 2019

While Labor welcomes the slight decrease in the December unemployment rate to 5 per cent, we remain concerned that this chaotic and divided Liberal government has no plan to address the ongoing structural issues of underemployment and low wages growth.

With more than 660,000 Australians unemployed and more than 1.1 million underemployed, there are now more than 1.7 million Australians looking for work or more work, but unable to find it.

Youth unemployment remains more than double the national average at 11.2 per cent.

Of particular concern to Labor is that Australians across the country continue to struggle because of insecure work and record low wages growth.

Under the Liberals, wages growth hit record lows, and the underemployment rate is stubbornly high at 8.4 per cent. Coupled with increasing insecurity at work, this is leaving too many Australians struggling to keep up with the cost of living.

It’s clear that Scott Morrison and Kelly O’Dwyer just don’t get the struggles facing every day Australians. They are so out of touch that they either have no idea or just can’t admit that too many Australian workers are experiencing insecure work, stagnant wages and skyrocketing costs of living pressures.

When it comes to secure jobs with decent wages, Australians know that they only party they can trust is Labor.

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