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Jobs for men have barely grown since the COVID recession. What matters now is what we do about it

By Peter Martin, Visiting Fellow, Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University
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Of all the weak targets ever adopted by Australian governments, one of the weakest has to have been an unemployment rate “comfortably below six per cent” in last year’s budget.

At the time the budget was delivered on October 6, the published unemployment rate had already fallen to 6.8%.

“Comfortably below six per cent” mattered because it formed part…

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