Pete Wargent blogspot

Co-founder & CEO of AllenWargent property buyer's agents, offices in Brisbane (Riverside) & Sydney (Martin Place), & CEO of WargentAdvisory (providing subscription analysis, reports & services to institutional clients).

5 x finance/investment author - 'Get a Financial Grip: a simple plan for financial freedom’ (2012) rated Top 10 finance books by Money Magazine & Dymocks.

"Unfortunately so much commentary is self-serving or sensationalist. Pete Wargent shines through with his clear, sober & dispassionate analysis of the housing market, which is so valuable. Pete drills into the facts & unlocks the details that others gloss over in their rush to get a headline. On housing Pete is a must read, must follow - he's one of the finest property analysts in Australia" - Stephen Koukoulas, MD of Market Economics, former Senior Economics Adviser to Prime Minister Gillard.

"Pete is one of Australia's brightest financial minds - a must-follow for articulate, accurate & in-depth analysis." - David Scutt, Business Insider, leading Australian market analyst.

"I've been investing for over 40 years & read nearly every investment book ever written, yet I still learned new concepts in his books. Pete Wargent is one of Australia's finest young financial commentators." - Michael Yardney, Australia's leading property expert, Amazon #1 best-selling author.

"The most knowledgeable person on Aussie real estate markets - Pete's work is great, loads of good data & charts, the most comprehensive analyst I follow in Australia. If you follow Australia, follow Pete Wargent" - Jonathan Tepper, Variant Perception, Global Macroeconomic Research, author of the New York Times bestsellers 'End Game' & 'Code Red'.

"The level of detail in Pete's work is superlative across all of Australia's housing markets" - Grant Williams, co-founder RealVision - where world class experts share their thoughts on economics & finance - author of Things That Make You Go Hmmm, one of the world's most popular & widely-read financial publications.

"Wargent is a bald-faced realty foghorn" - David Llewellyn-Smith, 'MacroBusiness'.

Thursday, 12 November 2015

Employment ripsnorter

Part 1 - Employment rips

A dominant jobs report with total employment more than doubling market expectations in leaping by +58,600 in October, with a pleasing smash of +40,000 in full-time employment.

Sample rotation will doubtless account for some of the gains, not for the first time. 

Reported total employment has increased by a mighty +315,000 on a seasonally adjusted basis over the past year to a new high of 11,838,200, the strongest annual gain in 7.5 years.

Of course, it's easy to make silly extrapolations from one month of data - this is a survey, after all, and not the most comprehensive one at that - and the growth in total employment growth of +2.73 per cent is so far ahead of the rate of population growth as to be literally incredible, but even the trend employment growth of +260,500 or +2.3 per cent represents a remarkably high figure. 

Happily, the participation rate ticked up to 65.0 per cent, and total hours worked increased by +3.8 per cent over the year, which is also a 7 year high. Nice.

Part 2 - State versus state

Over the past three months New South Wales (+29,900) and Queensland (+28,700) have recorded strong growth in total employment.

Over the past year the growth an overwhelming 93 per cent of the growth in total employment been accounted for by New South Wales (+137,100), Victoria (+87,800) and Queensland (+66,600), with close to further 5 per cent of the employment growth accounted for by Western Australia (+14,400).

Recent data for Brisbane has appeared to be particularly robust.

Part 3 - Unemployment dives

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dived from 6.2 per cent to just 5.9 per cent, while trend unemployment is now recorded as 6.1 per cent.

At the state level the trend unemployment rate continues to rise in Western Australia (6.4 per cent), but has generally declined elsewhere, while the position in South Australia (7.7 per cent) is considerably "less worse" than was reported in September.

The unemployment outlook has improved in New South Wales (5.7 per cent), Victoria (6 per cent), Queensland (6.3 per cent), and Tasmania (6.2 per cent).

Youth unemployment has declined sharply from 14.5 per cent last November to 12.2 per cent this month.

Lovely to see! Interest rates now certainly on hold until 2016.