Let's begin with the good news, because I'm in a jolly good mood and don't want to spoil it.
It won't take long anyway, as there isn't really that much good news to report!
The trend hasn't caught up but Queensland's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped to 5.8 per cent. Bonzer.
OK, that's great. Now brace for the not-so-cheerful news....
Employment in Tasmania dived by -3,400 in October to be -4,300 lower than a year ago.
I will just note that when the labour force report prints solidly most commentary states that it must be somehow wrong, yet when the figures are weaker (as they are now) they are instantly taken at face value!
Something to bear in mind if the headline figure snaps back up next month...