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Economic indicators : Whitlam to Howard (August 2004 Update). /

by Kryger, Tony.

Publisher: Canberra, A.C.T. Department of the Parliamentary Library 2004Description: HTML.Notes: URL: '' Checked: 6/10/2008 10:17:16 AM Status: Live Details: HTTP status 200 - Usual success responseAvailability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Economic indicators : Whitlam to Howard (August 2007 update) . /

by Kryger, Tony | Australia. Department of Parliamentary Services. arliamentary Library.

Publisher: Canberra, A.C.T. Department of the Parliamentary Library 2007Description: HTML.Notes: URL: '' Checked: 6/10/2008 10:43:38 AM Status: Live Details: HTTP status 200 - Usual success responseSummary: This background note summarises the performance of the economy during each administration from Whitlam through to Howard by providing period averages across a range of economic indicators.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Restructuring the labour market : the implications for youth. /

by Ashton, David | Spilsbury, Mark | Maguire, Malcolm.

Publisher: London, U.K. Macmillan 1990Description: 230 p. Includes bibliography and index.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Unemployment in the recession. Talk given at the G.K. Tucker Settlement, Carrum Downs, Tuesday 26th March 1991 /

by Sheen, Veronica.

Publisher: unpub. 1991Description: 8 p.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: INTO AND OUT OF WORKAvailability: Items available for reference: BSL Archives (1).

Unemployment in the recession : policies for reform.

by Brotherhood of St Laurence | Sheen, Veronica | Trethewey, Jenny.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St. Laurence 1991Description: 58 p. PDF.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Notes: Melbourne 1991Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (2), BSL Archives (1).

The impact of the global financial crisis on social services in Australia /

by Access Economics.

Publisher: [Canberra, A.C.T.] Access Economics 2008Description: 30 p.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: An issues paper prepared by Access Economics for Anglicare Australia, Catholic Social Services Australia, The Salvation Army and UnitingCare Australia. Family & early years School to work Into & out of work Retirement & ageingSummary: The current global financial crisis and its likely impact on the Australian economy will have an acute impact on the most disadvantaged members of society, as well as pushing increased numbers of low and middle income earners to seek the services of welfare agencies. Even during the recent period of buoyant economic conditions, agencies were reporting growing demand, and the emergence of a new clientele of mid-stream wage earners facing severe financial stress. This has been mirrored by academic research into new indicators of disadvantage. Instability in the financial sector and its flow-on effects to the rest of the economy, can only exacerbate these problems, putting an even greater strain on what are already overstretched social services." -- Executive summaryAvailability: (1)

When times are tough : four families' stories /

by Ben-Galim, Dalia | Institute for Public Policy Research | Seal-Jones, Rachel.

Publisher: London, U.K. Institute for Public Policy Research 2009Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Summary: IPPR has examined how 58 low-income families manage their day-to-day finances. The innovative research, which took place in London, Newcastle, Nottingham and Glasgow in 2008-2009, has provided insight into the pressures that many low-income families face as they struggle to balance their income and expenditure. ; We are publishing four case studies from the research to illustrate the impact of broad social and economic trends at household level and share knowledge and data. Each case study has been chosen to provide an individual family narrative around poverty and the economic crisis. ; They focus on: ; Living with a disability - how one family in Newcasle is coping after an accident left the main breadwinner disabled and unable to work. ; Lone parents and low pay - why employment has not been a route out of poverty for one lone-parent family in London. ; Redundancy - how redundancy has dramatically changed the financial circumstances of one household in Glasgow and its impact on daily family life. ; The poverty premium - perceptions of the current financial crisis through the eyes of one family in Nottingham and how this affects the premium low-income families pay on essential goods and servicesAvailability: (1)

Communities in recession : the reality in four neighbourhoods /

by Day, Karen | Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

Publisher: York, U.K. Joseph Rowntree Foundation 2009Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Summary: Journalist Karen Day documents her visits to four communities to illustrate the impact of the recession on the lives of the people who live there. ; Four very different communities - Gellideg in Merthyr Tydfil, Hedworth in Jarrow, South Tyneside, Broadgreen in Swindon and Barkerend in Bradford - reveal the recession's effect on real people's lives, from the social and economic impact of job losses to disaffected young people and stalled regeneration. ; In the rush to proclaim the end of the economic downturn, places like these could be overlooked just as public service cuts start to bite, pulling them further into poverty and widening the gap in inequalities even more.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

One year on from the crisis : economic and social policy challenges for Australia /

by Brotherhood of St Laurence | Rudd, Kevin.

Publisher: Canberra, A.C.T. Office of the Prime Minister 2009Description: 19 p. PDF.Other title: Sambell Oration address to the Brotherhood of St Laurence 2009.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Notes: 15 October 2009 Summary: The Commonwealth government had just one clear goal: to do everything we could to cushion our economy from the full impact of a global economic cyclone by saving and supporting the jobs of working families around Australia.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Strength Against Shocks - Low-income families and debt /

by Ben-Galim, Dalia | Institute for Public Policy Research | Lanning, Tess.

Publisher: IPPR, Institute for Public Policy Research 2009Online Access: Electronic copy Summary: Innovative research with 58 low-income families in London, Newcastle, Nottingham and Glasgow aimed to understand what the expansion of household debt has meant for the lives of low-income families. In-depth interviews, an income and expenditure diary and regular telephone conversations over four months explored patterns of income, spending and borrowing.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Benchmarking working Europe /

by European Trade Union Institute.

Publisher: Brussels European Trade Union Institute 2010Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: Bibliography : p. 109-114 INTO AND OUT OF WORKSummary: This year's Benchmarking Working Europe report embarks upon a social stocktaking of the reaction to and impact of the financial, economic and social crisis as a means of feeding into the post-crisis and EU2020 debate. The indicators presented in this year's Benchmarking Working Europe reveal that the progress in growth and employment over the past growth cycle has been practically wiped out in the course of the past year: the EU average employment rate is back to its 2006 level, while unemployment has increased by two percentage points in a single year. Yet the impact of the economic crisis on labour markets displays considerable variation from one country to another.Availability: (1)

The impact of the recession on women /

by Richardson, David | The Australia Institute.

Publisher: Melbourne, Vic. The Australia Institute 2010Description: vi, 51 p.: ill. charts, graphs.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: TAI Background paper August 2009Summary: This paper examines the experience of Australian women during recent recessions in order to construct a framework within which the policy response to the current recession can be assessed and improved. The recessions of the early 1980s and the early 1990s are examined and compared with the brief experience so far of the present recession. The paper considers the important issue of the extent to which the stimulus policy emphasises infrastructure and other construction projects, areas that tend to be biased towards the employment of males. The concern here is that women may miss out on job opportunities. A second issue is the fact that women fare differently in recessions from men. Their experience is not necessarily more adverse but the concern is that policies designed to address the hardship of people in the recession need also to take account of women's unique circumstances. That is, policies should be sensitive to gender differences and appropriately targeted. In this paper, the recent state of the economy is considered as being in recession. This term is used loosely and the paper sidesteps discussion of the existence or otherwise of a technical recession. The fact is there has been a serious downturn in the Australian economy with a significant decline in employment opportunities and the forecasts suggest it will get worse.Availability: (1)

Recent Trends in the Distribution of Income : Labor, Wealth and More Complete Measures of Well Being /

by Smeeding, Timothy M | University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Political Economy esearch Institute | Thompson, Jeffrey P.

Publisher: Amherst, Mass. University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Political Economy Research Institute 2010Description: PDF.Other title: University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Political Economy.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: June 2010 Bibliography : p. 33-38 INTO AND OUT OF WORKSummary: The impact of the great recession on inequality is unclear. Because the crises in the housing and stock markets and mass job loss affect incomes from across the entire distribution, the overall impact on inequality is difficult to determine. Early speculation using a variety of narrow measures of earnings, income and consumption yield contradictory results. In this paper, we develop new estimates of income inequality based on 'more complete income' (MCI), which augments standard income measures with those that are accrued from the ownership of wealth. We use the 1989-2007 Surveys of Consumer Finances, and also construct MCI measures for 2009 based on projections of assets, income, and earnings.Availability: (1)

Times are still tough for young unemployed people /

by Australian Council of Social Service.

Publisher: Strawberry Hills, N.S.W. Australian Coucil of Social Service 2010Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: August 2010 INTO AND OUT OF WORK SCHOOL TO WORKSummary: It is only a year since the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) plunged most wealthy nations into recession. Australia escaped a 'technical recession' but unemployment rose by one third. Young people were among the worst affected because employers put new hires on hold, waiting for the economy to improve. This meant that many education leavers could not find work and many young people lost their casual jobs. Many young people who were unable to find a secure job last year are still out of work, because employers are reluctant to hire people who lack recent work experience. Between May 2008 and May 2009, the overall unemployment rose by one third but the unemployment rate for teenagers (15-19 years) rose by half. The unemployment rate for teenagers is still 18%, three times that of the labour force as a whole (at 5%). For young adults in their early twenties, the unemployment rate is 7%. In May 2010 there were 193,000 unemployed people under 25 on Youth Allowance or Newstart Allowance, of whom 94,000 had been unemployed for over 12 months. The rise of youth unemployment has affected some regions more than others. In seventeen of the country?s 69 ?labour market regions? teenage unemployment rose to more than 30% during 2009-10. Those regions include Wollongong (NSW), Northwest Melbourne (VIC), Far North Queensland, Western Adelaide (SA) and Central Perth (WA). This policy analysis describes the job prospects and financial situation of unemployed young people, and raises policy proposals to improve them. ACOSS members have long experience in this field, both in service delivery and research.Availability: (1)

When times are tough : tracking household spending and debt through diaries - interim findings /

by Ben-Galim, Dalia | Institute for Public Policy Research | Lanning, Tess.

Publisher: London, U.K. Institute for Public Policy Research 2009Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Summary: The financial crisis and recession have highlighted the unsustainable nature of the economic growth that went before. While there is much discussion around the recession, global capitalism and what principles will underpin economic recovery, ippr has been exploring the particular impacts on families as part of a ground-breaking project on consumer spending and debt. Through this innovative research - which looks at households - circumstances in great detail - we are gaining an understanding of people's daily expenditure. ; This briefing presents the interim findings from our research, undertaken over four months with low-income families across the UK, which aims to produce in-depth understanding of the dynamics between spending, saving and debt. It provides fresh insight into the impact of the recession on the daily realities of people's lives. ; The next stage of the project will analyse the findings in more detail to offer insight into how families - specifically those on low incomes - are coping in the recession. It will also look at the savings and assets agenda and how people are coping with debt, with policy recommendations presented based on this analysis. ; This briefing provides an opportunity to reflect on some of the emerging themes being generated from rich data collection and analysis. The findings here are illustrative.Availability: (1)

Off to a good start? : jobs for youth /

by Sonnet, Anne | Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

Publisher: Paris, France Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development 2010Description: 158 p. : ill.Online Access: OECD iLibrary (Read only) Notes: December 2010 ISummary: Youth have been very hard hit by the recent jobs crisis. The youth unemployment rate is approaching 20% in the OECD area and is likely to remain high well into the recovery. Coping with a job loss in a weak labour market - when job offers are scarce and competition for them among jobseekers is fierce, is difficult for anyone. But for young workers, and especially for the disadvantaged among them, failure to find a first job or keep it for long can have negative long term consequences on their career prospects that some experts refer to as 'scarring'. Reducing high youth unemployment should be a centrepiece of our policies. We cannot allow this crisis to result in a 'scarred' generation.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Environmental policy and the economic downturn /

by Bowen, Alex | Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy | Stern, Nicholas.

Publisher: London, U.K. 2010Description: 29 p.Other title: Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy working paper.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: January 2010Summary: This paper considers how environmental policies should respond to macroeconomic downturns. It first explores the implications of the global economic downturn of 2008-09 for environmental policies, focusing in particular on the example of action against climate change. The arguments for and against activist fiscal policies in general are then reviewed, and the case made that a demand-induced downturn provides a very good opportunity to undertake a necessary step change in the public spending component of environmental policies and to start working through a backlog of public investment to improve the environment. Fiscal policy should be used to improve the allocation of resources across time and space. Recent fiscal stimuli are considered in the light of this discussion. It is also argued that there is little cause to delay the introduction of price signals to internalize environmental externalities. But the levels at which such signals should be set requires careful analysis; changes over the business cycle may be warranted, depending on the nature of the environmental externality and the cause(s) of the business cycle in question.Availability: (1)

Toward a transatlantic Green New Deal : tackling the climate and economic crises /

by French, Hilary | Worldwatch Institute | Renner, Michael | Gardner, Gary.

Publisher: Brussels Heinrich Boll Foundation 2009Description: PDF.Other title: Heinrich Boll Stiftung publication series on ecology : volume.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: Prepared by the Worldwatch Institute for the Heinrich B ll Foundation Edited by Katy Nicholson Bibliography : p. 30-36Summary: Support is growing around the world for an integrated response to the current economic and environmental crises, increasingly referred to as the "Green New Deal." This report examines ways in which the current economic downturn is an opportunity to fight climate change while creating quality jobsAvailability: (1)

Ending child poverty within the EU? : a review of the 2008-2010 national strategy reports on social protection and social inclusion /

by Eurochild.

Publisher: Brussels Eurochild 2009Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Summary: Eurochild urges the European Commission to propose an overall EU target for the eradication of poverty, including a specific target related to child poverty, in line with the European Parliament recommendation1 to reduce child poverty by 50% by 2012. At the same time, Member States should set their own targets to trigger progress at national level and respond to the reality of each country and the specific needs of most vulnerable groups.Availability: (1)

Global employment trends 2011 : the challenge of a jobs recovery /

by International Labour Organization.

Publisher: Geneva, Switzerland International Labour Organization 2011Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: INTO AND OUT OF WORKSummary: This report is the first to take stock of the labour market situation during the recovery from the global economic crisis. It incorporates the most recent labour market information available to explore the state of the labour market globally and regionally.Availability: (1)

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