Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet releases April 2018 unemployment report

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The one million mark ticked over after new figures showed 22,600 people found employment in April, with an increase of 32,700 in full-time workers offset by a drop in part-timers.

Kentucky's seasonally adjusted preliminary April 2018 unemployment rate was 4 percent, according to the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics (KCEWS), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.

But Labor has been quick to douse any celebrations, pointing out the jobless rate is roughly the same as it was four and half years ago and that wages growth remains close to a two-decade low.

Participation rate increased by less than 0.1 pts to 65.7%. Kentucky has added 7,700 jobs since April 2017, a 0.4 percent employment growth.

Annual job growth of 2.7 percent was more than one and half times the USA pace of job creation of 1.6 percent.

"Stagnating wages growth, high unemployment, a youth jobs crisis in regional Queensland and flat-lining business confidence are all symptoms of Labor's economic mismanagement", he said.

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Interest rates have been on hold at record lows 1.5 percent since August 2016.

NSW was the strongest performing state, with a 27,100 more people employed, followed by Western Australia, up 8,300, and South Australia, improving 2,700. Wage pressures in the United States have not picked up despite the lower underutilisation rate.

"Australians need more secure jobs, but under the Turnbull government almost two million people are either underemployed or unemployed", ACTU secretary Sally McManus said.

"We expect the wage growth will remain below 2.5 percent throughout this year and next", said Kate Hickie, Sydney-based economist at Capital Economics.

"That means spare capacity in the labour market will remain an issue".

RBA Governor Philip Lowe recently told lawmakers that average wage annual increases need to be around 3.5 percent to achieve average inflation of 2.5 percent - the midpoint of its long-term target band.

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