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Co-founder & CEO of AllenWargent property buyer's agents, offices in Brisbane (Riverside) & Sydney (Martin Place), & CEO of WargentAdvisory (providing subscription analysis, reports & services to institutional clients).

5 x finance/investment author - 'Get a Financial Grip: a simple plan for financial freedom’ (2012) rated Top 10 finance books by Money Magazine & Dymocks.

"Unfortunately so much commentary is self-serving or sensationalist. Pete Wargent shines through with his clear, sober & dispassionate analysis of the housing market, which is so valuable. Pete drills into the facts & unlocks the details that others gloss over in their rush to get a headline. On housing Pete is a must read, must follow - he's one of the finest property analysts in Australia" - Stephen Koukoulas, MD of Market Economics, former Senior Economics Adviser to Prime Minister Gillard.

"Pete is one of Australia's brightest financial minds - a must-follow for articulate, accurate & in-depth analysis." - David Scutt, Business Insider, leading Australian market analyst.

"I've been investing for over 40 years & read nearly every investment book ever written, yet I still learned new concepts in his books. Pete Wargent is one of Australia's finest young financial commentators." - Michael Yardney, Australia's leading property expert, Amazon #1 best-selling author.

"The most knowledgeable person on Aussie real estate markets - Pete's work is great, loads of good data & charts, the most comprehensive analyst I follow in Australia. If you follow Australia, follow Pete Wargent" - Jonathan Tepper, Variant Perception, Global Macroeconomic Research, author of the New York Times bestsellers 'End Game' & 'Code Red'.

"The level of detail in Pete's work is superlative across all of Australia's housing markets" - Grant Williams, co-founder RealVision - where world class experts share their thoughts on economics & finance - author of Things That Make You Go Hmmm, one of the world's most popular & widely-read financial publications.

"Wargent is a bald-faced realty foghorn" - David Llewellyn-Smith, 'MacroBusiness'.

Thursday, 15 June 2017

NSW employment springs back in May

Employment growth soars

Other business indicators and surveys have suggested more upbeat conditions than the labour force surveys have implied in recent times, and this month the employment data snapped back into line. 

The economy reportedly added an outlandish +52,100 full-time jobs in May 2017, a surprise to almost all observers.

Over the last three months the economy has seen total employment soar by more than +141,000, a quarterly pace of hiring not seen on this survey for more than a dozen years. 

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped to its lowest level in well over four years at 5.53 per cent, for a 51-month low. 

A more sober assessment might suggest that employment growth of +233,000 (or +2 per cent) over the past year has been a solid result. 

There was also a significant 1.9 per cent jump in the monthly number of hours worked. Smoothing the trend figures year-on-year for monthly hours worked also suggests a gradually quickening pulse. 

The participation rate ticked up a notch to 64.9 per cent, the best result in ten months.

Sydney solid

The trend unemployment rate in New South Wales has declined all the way to 4.8 per cent, the lowest level since mid-2008, implying 'full employment' in Sydney, or at least somewhere close to it. 

Indeed, after a series of underwhelming months New South Wales saw full-time employment spring more than 50,200 higher in May, overwhelmingly accounting for the national result. 

The wrap

Underemployment remains elevated at a historically high level of 8.8 per cent.

However, you'd be hard pressed to make the bear case on these numbers, with full-time employment climbing about +124,000 higher since September, which is a positive indicator.  

Full-time employment has trended higher now over the past eight months. 

Conditions clearly remain quite mixed around the country, with the two most populous capitals in the best nick overall.