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SHADOW MINISTER FO R SOCIAL SECURITY

NEWS RELEASE

UNEMPLOYMENT FIGURES HERALD DOLE EXPLOSION

Today's unemployment and dole figures show that Australia is not anywhere near a recovery - all we are doing is bouncing along the bottom. In fact had over 44,000 discouraged job seekers not left the workforce during the last month, today's national unemployment rate would have been 10.3%.

The Government has driven the economy so far through the floor that thousands of unemployed Australian workers have become discouraged jobseekers and dropped out of the labour force altogether.

The ABS figures also show that SA (with 10.4% unemployment), QLD (10.5%) Tas (11.1%) and WA (11.2%) have joined Victoria (10.6%) as employment basket cases.

Today's dole figures show that current Prime Minister Hawke has set another new record - the number of Australians on the dole has nudged to over 700,000.

Although the growth in dole numbers was fairly moderate at 1.4% last month, today's unemployment figures will ensure a dole queue explosion over the coming months as the newly unemployed currently sitting out dole waiting periods from 1 to 13 weeks unemployed come on stream. Thus on the basis of past experience, next month's dole figures will show a likely blow-out of at least 30,000 - adding new impetus to the spread of Labor's dole ghettos across the country.

Considered with the findings of the DEET research report released today by John Dawkins Australia's Workforce in the Year 2001 that Australia's job growth over the next decade will be severely constrained by Labor's economic mismanagement over recent years today's figures provides further evidence of the Hewson thesis of a rolling recession

- one which will reverberate until at least the end of the century.

For further information contact: —

Senator Richard Alston on [03] 890 5177, or Michael Backman on [06] 277 3607.

COMMONWEALTH PARLIAMENTARY LIBRARY MICAH

Thursday, 8 August 1991.