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Post-JobKeeper, unemployment could head north of 7%: here's why

By Roger Wilkins, Professorial Fellow and Deputy Director (Research), HILDA Survey, Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, The University of Melbourne
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It’s not just the end of JobKeeper that will push up unemployment in April.

The most-recently published figures, for March, had the unemployment rate coming down to 5.6%

The next ones, for April, won’t get published until May 20, nine days after next month’s budget.

They’ll show a substantial increase in the number of jobless as a result of the end of JobKeeper on March 28. Treasury believes it will cost 100,000…


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