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Adelaide jobless rate rises to 6.6%

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    While the national jobless rate is steady at 5.7 per cent, South Australia has recorded a jump in the latest month.

     

     

    The unemployment rate has risen to 6.6 per cent seasonally adjusted, from 6 per cent in September.

     

     

    The Opposition said SA had the highest jobless rate of all the mainland states.

     

     

    Employment Minister Grace Portolesi said SA, New South Wales and Victoria all recorded jobless rises for October.

     

     

    "The figures released today highlight the importance of continued State Government investment to support jobs," she said.

     

     

    "[They] highlight the importance of continued support to key South Australian industries like those in the automotive and agricultural sectors by all levels of government.

     

     

    "It is critical that all levels of government commit to supporting industries and working in partnership to ensure their future."

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    Probably the percentage is a bad data for Australians, but if Australia was an European country or even USA, it would be a very good result.

    So if we look at this 6.6% with a global knowledge of the world economy trend we can be not so worried about it.

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    Probably the percentage is a bad data for Australians, but if Australia was an European country or even USA, it would be a very good result.

    So if we look at this 6.6% with a global knowledge of the world economy trend we can be not so worried about it.

     

    That's not true in my point of view. It is 'only' 6,6 % because all the good people, especially good educated young Australians move interstate, to Melbourne for example. If all South Australians would remain in their home state we would have an unemployment rate almost like Tasmania, in any case more than 12 %.

    Lack of job opportunities chases off highly skilled residents.

    In my understand not only a global knowledge is essential, moreover the historical facts belong to SA, that SA always had a higher unemployment rate than other states. and always is behind other states in terms of innovation and creation of new jobs.

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    As someone whose other half is on a rolling contract, never knowing till the last minute if it will be renewed or not, it does seriously bother me that despite figures like these, it seems like the migration doors are still open. I know the country needs people of working age to support the increasingly aged population, but when there are already skilled people perfectly willing and able to work in all sorts of different trades and professions, but not the jobs for them, it doesn't seem to make sense to me. For everyone that comes over here and finds a job after a short while, and their partner who might also be looking for work, and then their kids who soon will be looking for work, that's a handful of jobs taken out of the equation for those of us already here! Selfish, maybe, but if the pie is not big enough already for everyone to have a slice, why invite more people to the party? People with the means will leave the state as Rabeah says above, and SA will constantly be filled with the bottom-feeders who are unable for whatever reason to leave.

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    Unemployment figures tell just part of the story. Participation rates have dropped to their lowest for years (under 65% - meaning that a great many people who don't work aren't counted in the unemployment figures), Australia has one of the highest casualised workforces in the world (more than a third of all workers in Aus don't know how many hours they'll get paid next week), and a great many jobs are moving from full-time to part-time (nationally, last month there were 27,000 full-time jobs lost and 28,900 part-time ones 'created').

     

    Not a good time to find oneself out of work - especially in SA.

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    People with the means will leave the state as Rabeah says above, and SA will constantly be filled with the bottom-feeders who are unable for whatever reason to leave.

     

    I'm not unable to leave, and I don't consider myself a bottom-feeder :huh: I just want to give Adelaide and SA a chance, but if my situation doesn't improve I also will be moving to Sydney or Melbourne, as every recruiter is telling me "there's not much to do with your skills in Adelaide..."

    the thing I don't understand is why are my skills supposed to be in demand when there are no jobs in my field?

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    Hi CollinOZ,

    answering your question: because migration is a business. When you come to SA, you need accommodation, a car, mobile phone and internet contracts, you consume food, drinks, you might bring in big savings, purchase a house...

    You bring in fresh money, this state is looking for desperately. I don't want to disillusion your dream, but like Diane mentioned, my hubby also struggles to work continuously. Sometimes fulltime, then part-time (unbelievable working part-time in manufacturing elsewhere), on-call work or nothing at all. He's got a Certificate IV (a real Australian certificate). Most jobs are casual of course, and I work in the Aged Care Industry, the only field in high demand, because my European skills in Administration are not recognised here.

    Maybe you're lucky and find a job where you can stay, depending on the industry you're in.

    The SOL where skills supposed to be in high demand are often out dated (2 years old, data from 2011 in your case) and more a nice fairy tale.

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    Whatever data is I see its misery that people coming with Administration experience and degree doing aged care or in my case factory worker jobs.

    In these 3 months got so many regret letters from employers that i am planning to do aged care or any other course in demand.

    If SA has no plans for immigrants DIAC should make it clear after giving grant so that people not get excited and leave their countries immediately.

     

    Now do anyone thinks doing Admin certificates in Oz can help????

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    Whatever data is I see its misery that people coming with Administration experience and degree doing aged care or in my case factory worker jobs.

    In these 3 months got so many regret letters from employers that i am planning to do aged care or any other course in demand.

    If SA has no plans for immigrants DIAC should make it clear after giving grant so that people not get excited and leave their countries immediately.

     

    Now do anyone thinks doing Admin certificates in Oz can help????

     

    Nov/Dec/Jan are generally the most difficult months to gain work, so try not to get too disheartened as things just slow down over this period. If people are arriving in that period I would always suggest that people bring extra funds to cover themselves. The job market has slowed down in SA over the past 12-18 months, but there are still opportunities available and I know of a recent migrant that has secured an admin/customer service position, so there are jobs out there, you just need to ensure you are making yourself competitive against the other applicants.

     

    The SA Government Immigration website makes it clear to people that there are no guarantees...wording below from their website under skilled migration....

     

    While occupations eligible for state nominated migration have been identified as being in demand, they do not relate to any specific job vacancies or represent any guarantee of employment. State nomination recipients compete with all potential employees in the South Australian labour market in normal competitive selection process to secure any available or advertised job.

     

    Edited by Jessica Berry

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    .The SA Government Immigration website makes it clear to people that that are no guarantees...wording below from their website under skilled migration....

    Yes, that statement can free immigration SA and the SA government of any responsibility they have regarding the fate of the many immigrants that come here and find a lack of opportunities on their fields, but at the end of the day those of us that don't have a job in our chosen profession can't avoid feeling deceived or even scammed by an affirmation that "there is a skill shortage" and when you get here you find that there's nothing like that.

     

    At least they(the government) should hold a job fair that includes local businesses and firms or something :wink:.

     

    Returning to the original post, I think that 6.6% unemployment is still a good indicator, but it isn't when you are inside the unemployed (like me) :sad:

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    Usually the unemployment rate is the official number x2. Don't forget about the hidden unemployment, which prob consists mostly of the unemployed migrants.

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    Yes, that statement can free immigration SA and the SA government of any responsibility they have regarding the fate of the many immigrants that come here and find a lack of opportunities on their fields, but at the end of the day those of us that don't have a job in our chosen profession can't avoid feeling deceived or even scammed by an affirmation that "there is a skill shortage" and when you get here you find that there's nothing like that.

     

    At least they(the government) should hold a job fair that includes local businesses and firms or something :wink:.

     

    Returning to the original post, I think that 6.6% unemployment is still a good indicator, but it isn't when you are inside the unemployed (like me) :sad:

     

     

    I agree, they try not to hold any responsibility - which is wrong in case of State Sponsored Migration. My job was on the skilled list and I see now about 5 new job ads PER MONTH, no chance to win against Ozzies, Ozzie-educated people, not to mention internal applicants in case of gov institutions or big corporations.

    And SA gov is still sponsoring more and more specialists in my profession! Where is logic? I'm wondering whether they just don't 'do their homework' or maybe they're just populating Adelaide, or are happy to have more and more volunteers... It's unbelievable how many people work here for free, and it's prob mostly migrants who NEED local references. If you count the salaries, (and volunteers work literally everywhere - for libraries, schools, hospitals, etc.) Imagine how much the gov saves (ironically by NOT creating jobs)! BTW, volunteers should be people genuinely committed to help and not desperate jobless people who will do anything to increase their chances of getting a job...

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    My job was on the skilled list and I see now about 5 new job ads PER MONTH, no chance to win against Ozzies, Ozzie-educated people, not to mention internal applicants in case of gov institutions or big corporations.

     

    While I agree it can be hard for some new migrants to gain employment and it may take time and I do appreciate your obvious frustration, in my opinion it would be wrong to say you have no chance to win jobs against Ozzies etc. I could give plenty of examples of migrants who have gained work, but sometimes people have to be prepared to go in another direction, take a step back or a sideways move, to think outside of the box and be open to suggestions and advice.

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    I found a job, which is was very surprising after reading all the doom and gloom on this forum, and it was the first one I applied for... I believe that if you have the right experience and follow the advice which is out there regarding cv writing and etiquette, you can compete against the locals. I was up against 80 others for the job. I realise that perhaps I took a job which could have been given to a local, but on the other hand, I must have been better, which at the end of the day will benefit a local company and in the long run create more jobs and help keep the other employees in longer term employment. The job I took wasn't exactly what I was looking for, but I am happy to branch off in a slightly different direction. This is something that not everyone is ready to do which perhaps should be considered.

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    but sometimes people have to be prepared to go in another direction

    One thing is go in another direction because you want to or feel like it, but it's totally different when you are forced to take it

     

    take a step back or a sideways move

    I tried the step back, they told me I was overqualified, the step sideways, I didn't have enough experience

     

    to think outside of the box and be open to suggestions and advice.

    I'm more than willing to get any suggestions and advice that would get me a job in my nominated profession or something related to what I do, if it is free :smile:.

    I don't want pity or someone to get me a job or anything like that, If you were successful finding a job in Adelaide I would love to know how you did it :biggrin:.

    Edited by ColinOz

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    I fully agree with Colin. Same thoughts - either overqualified or without/little experience.

    I've almost enrolled in an expensive course to gain some local qualifications but then I decided that I do have those skills and it would be cheaper to fly for interviews in other cities ( I'm qualified enough with Advanced Diploma, Bachelor's and Master's degree + international professional certificate, and the length of my job experience is convenient enough to apply for both senior and non-senior positions!). But I have to add I am not a Pom, (don't kick me out of here ;) ), so my weird surname makes my chances even smaller.

    I'm afraid I have to leave SA, which is a pity, because I like the climate and the state. Also, the property prices aren't bad. Well, we'll stay until the end of the State Sponsorship period, which is May next year. I'm active, doing various things, expanding my skills, thinking of 2 more international certs and hope I might be able to jump back to my career. I even wouldn't mind getting an apprenticeship or junior position, but I don't think it is possible. Thanks God, my OH (who is a Pom) got a job straight away and they pay him well, so we don't have to worry about money. Still, to those who don't care about the State Sponsorship's 2 year requirement - I advise you go to Melbourne or Sydney before you waste your savings. Even if you really want to live in Adelaide, get at least local experience and references, and then try to go back to Adelaide.

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    It took me a couple of months, but I landed a job a few weeks ago- having only a little work experience from England (albeit a degree to go with that...). I found there was certainly no issue that I had been out of work for some time, everyone I sat in front of asked me what I had been doing since I arrived- so I said I had been doing all the tourist bits I wanted to do! The role might be a step backwards / sideways in my career, but the potential with the company is huge. Hiring over here is different, they want to make absolutely sure they are getting the right candidate who is in for the long haul- and you're not going to waste their time later on. I picked that out as my important point to aim for, they seem to want stability and someone they can train and invest in.

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