article The number of jobs created in 2018, with the largest proportion of workers in low-skilled and low-paid positions, will be boosted by the arrival of more migrants from Asia, according to the Bureau of Statistics.
The new figures, released on Tuesday, show the number of Australians working in low paid, low-skill, low and middle skilled jobs grew by 8 per cent over the past year.
The biggest gainers in this year’s census were workers in the lowest-paid, lowest-skilled jobs, which grew by 12 per cent, while the biggest gainer was workers in higher paid, middle-skilled, low, and middle-skill jobs, where the total grew by 11 per cent.
The figures were released as Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced he would launch a three-year national apprenticeship scheme, the first time a government had done so.
The jobs boom has been accompanied by a sharp rise in unemployment, which has risen to 14.6 per cent nationally.
The ABS report found there was a sharp decline in the number working part-time during the boom years, but there was no increase in the proportion working part time in 2018.
“There is a sharp decrease in people working parttime between the boom periods, but this is down to a much more modest drop than the increase in part-timers,” said economist and statistician Mark Zandi.
“People working part times are now mostly unemployed, not working part jobs.”
The unemployment rate in the country is forecast to be below 5 per cent by 2028.
The ABS also said the number who were looking for a job fell sharply between 2015 and 2016, with people looking for work declining by 40 per cent and those seeking work rising by 50 per cent from 2016 to 2018.
Since 2016, there has been a sharp increase in migration, with more than 60,000 people from overseas coming to Australia.
More than 2.5 million people are expected to have arrived by the end of 2018, compared to 2.3 million in the year before.
The latest jobs data will be used by the federal and state governments in the coming months as they assess the impact of the migration crisis and work to develop a strategy to deal with the growing demand.
Mr Turnbull has announced a plan to establish a new national apprenticeships scheme, which will help thousands of Australians with low-paying jobs, including those who are on a work visa.
The ABC has approached the Labor Party for comment.
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