While the world of newspapers seems preoccupied with every story other than our great employment numbers, and because I think more jobs means good things for the economy, our future and individual Australians, I think someone needs to talk about it!

It can’t be simply because it’s good news, no, great news, can it?

It’s definitely not because it’s old news because few in the media have crowed about 14 months straight of employment growth, which yesterday became 15 months!

Over the course of this year when I was doing my various business speeches around the country, the one, big continuous, positive theme I kept pointing to was the huge comeback in the labour market.

This had to be a great sign that the Oz economy was on the comeback trail. And I was tipping that over 2018 we’d see a rebound in business investment, consumer confidence and even wage rises, which is exactly either happening or is becoming strongly tipped to happen this year.

So what’s the latest “Read all about it” great jobs story? Here’s a summary:

• Employment rose for a record-equaling 15th straight month, up by 34,700 in December, after rising by 63,600 in November (previously reported as a rise of 61,600 jobs). 

• Full-time jobs rose by 15,100, while part-time jobs rose by 19,500. Economists had tipped an increase in jobs of around 15,000.

• The unemployment rate went up from 5.4% to 5.5% but only because more Aussies went looking for work, with the participation rate up from 65.5% to a 6-year high of 65.7%.

• 2017 brought 403, 100 jobs — the strongest 12-month period for job gains in 12½ years!

• And 303,400 of the jobs were full-time!

This is a great story of over 400,000 Aussies going from the dole queue to getting a job. It’s a story about young people getting their first pay cheque, older Australians who might have thought they were condemned to the jobless scrapheap and mums who’ve been at home finding work to make home loan repayments and maybe a holiday possible for the family.

And the best bit is that all this is a prelude to a better economic year in 2018, not only for these individuals but for a hell of a lot of Australians who’ll have great job security and a greater chance of better pay rises in the context of an economy that’s heading towards gangbusters land over the course of this year.

This is a true good news story starring real people who’ve lived through a genuine life drama, along with their families and friends. But thank God there has been a happy ending for 403,100 Australians.

That’s surely worth writing about!

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