Employers and ACTU dispute WorkChoices job figures

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Employers and ACTU dispute WorkChoices job figures

A major employer group has taken issue with the ACTU's claim that WorkChoices has delivered lower employment growth since it came into effect in March last year.

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A major employer group has taken issue with the ACTU's claim that WorkChoices has delivered lower employment growth since it came into effect in March last year.

Yesterday the ACTU said recent ABS data reveals that the number of new jobs created over the past year is less than were created in the year to April 2005, prior to the release of the Government's new IR laws. It said this proves the Federal Government is wrong to claim its IR laws have created jobs and instead shows that the mining boom is the most important driver of Australia's economy.

The ACTU said ABS Labour Force data shows that there were 44,000 fewer jobs created last year than in 2004-05 prior to the new IR laws being introduced in March 2006.

ABS seasonally adjusted data shows 309,600 jobs were created in the year to April 2007 while 353,600 jobs were created in the year to April 2005.

'Irrelevant' comparison period

However Peter Hendy, Chief Executive of the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI), said the ACTU has got its analysis of employment growth under WorkChoices wrong.

'A plain look at the figures shows that employment growth over the 12 months before WorkChoices was 117,700, much slower than employment growth over the last 12 months of WorkChoices, which was 309,600. Indeed, over the last 13 months employment growth has been 326,200,' he said. 'The ACTU has picked a completely irrelevant comparison period.'

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