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Better working conditions delay retirement, but tiredness after work remains a major obstacle to working in later life

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Extending the working lives of Australians has long been discussed but two studies involving the SA Centre for Economic Studies (SACES) have produced some interesting European perspectives on the subject.

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Drop the dole bludger tag, increase newstart

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The unemployment benefit, Newstart, has not increased in real terms since 1994, nearly 25 years ago. But the genesis of this entrenched inequity occurred two decades earlier when Victorian (Liberal) Premier, Rupert Hamer, urged governments to “tighten controls against bludgers on unemployment benefit”.

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Data wrap - jobs growth insufficient to bring down unemployment

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The South Australian economy added about 1,100 jobs in March1, according to ABS Labour Force Survey data released today. However this rise was only sufficient to keep pace with growth in the working age population. As a consequence the state’s trend unemployment rate remained unchanged at 5.9 per cent for the fourth consecutive month.

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Data wrap – sluggish retail sales as job vacancies decline

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In this edition of the South Australian Data Wrap we review the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) releases in respect of retail sales, overseas exports of goods, building approvals and job vacancies.

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Unemployment remains steady as population loss from interstate migration abates

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Labour market performance, population growth, house prices, and business and consumer confidence are all featured in our latest review of South Australian economic data releases.

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Social and economic costs of alcohol in the NT

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The costs of alcohol to the Australian community from alcohol misuse are substantial, nowhere more so than in the Northern Territory, where per capital alcohol sales are well above the Australian average.

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Independent review of the South Australian GM food crop moratorium

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A moratorium on the production and transportation of genetically modified (GM) food crops in South Australia has been in place since 2013, and is currently scheduled to continue to 2025.

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Data wrap - final demand moderates amidst a cooling national economy

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In the Data Wrap we review yesterday’s quarterly National Accounts which provides one of the most comprehensive insights into the recent macroeconomic performance of the state and national economies. We also consider the first retail sales estimates for 2019.

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Data wrap - more signs that building activity is easing

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In this edition of the Data Wrap for South Australia we cover the latest data on building approvals and construction activity which point to easing conditions in the construction sector, while recent estimates of business investment provide some positive signs for the state economy.

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Data warp - another disappointing jobs market report in spite of improved business confidence

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In this edition of the Data Wrap we find a silver lining in another round of disappointing labour market figures, a familiar story regarding wages growth, and positive news on business confidence in South Australia. The latest inflation outcomes for local government are also considered.

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