After Simon Crean distorted the facts on jobs growth this morning, I played around with the ABS labour force data.
Turns out he couldn’t have picked a worse 4 year period to compare Labor’s record against the Coalition’s.
The last four years of the Howard government saw the greatest number of jobs created than in any other four period on record!
The only other period that comes close is the four year period to 1989. (For the record the 4 years to 2011, which Crean was trying to defend, was only the 16th highest period for job creation out of 30 years on record.)
Raises the question about why more commentators don’t defend the economic impact, rather than the political impact, of WorkChoices.
Some (such as George Mega and Bernard Keane) lament the lack of true economic reform of recent times but then none of them give due credit to WorkChoices.
Here is the chart of annual employment growth over the past 30 years.