National – ABS says health and aged care tops employment growth, mining fifth, but is it real

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Health related employment grew by 57,200 jobs in 12 months to May, followed by education at 44,000. Mining generated 35,200 new jobs, but this represents a 19% growth in mining – and one assumes a miner earns more than a nurse. Seasoned observers, like ACAA CEO Rod Young, say the reality is there is actually little growth in aged care – just a shuffling of the part time hours for female staff. Interestingly, full time male and female employment is falling, males at 4,200 per month (making a mockery of the Fed’s plan to keep older people in the workforce). Part time females grew by 2,400 each month, with an average of 33.7 hours worked per week.