Australia's official unemployment rate has recently fallen to a level that leads many to conclude that unemployment is no longer a problem. The reality underlying this measure, however, is that around 629,000 Australians are officially without work. A society that produces unused labour resources to this extent cannot be considered economically nor socially efficient.
Persistently high unemployment has been a blight on our society for the last 25 years and continues to impose costs on the economy, our communities and our citizens, whether concerned directly or indirectly.
The Path to Full Employment is a selected collection of refereed papers that were presented at the joint 4th Path to Full Employment Conference / 9th National Conference on Unemployment held from 4-6 December 2002 at the University of Newcastle. The chapters cover both theoretical and practical perspectives of Australian and international experience.
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