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Australia Labour Market (Aug.)

Employment plunged by 1.1% m/m in August, but we still think that the unemployment rate won’t surpass it pre-Delta level over the coming months even as the participation rate rebounds.
Marcel Thieliant Senior Japan, Australia & New Zealand Economist
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