1 - Employment up moderately
Economist Saul Eslake noted that given the rate of population growth in Australia the economy needs to be adding around 20,000 jobs per month to keep the unemployment rate from rising.
A horrible result was reported for South Australia in February (-7,200), and while one should not become too transfixed with the figures for any given month, the employment market in South Australia appears to be very poor.
Part 3 - Unemployment
At the state level, a contraction in mining investment is beginning to drive the rates of unemployment higher in parts of Western Australia, Queensland and to a lesser extent New South Wales.
It will be interesting to see what move the Reserve Bank takes next.