Job boom touches printing industry

The Department of Employment and Workplace Relations (DEWR) says its skilled vacancies index rose to 114.9 in November, up 2.8 per cent higher on the same time last year.

According to the DEWR, the biggest rises in the month were for marketing and advertising professionals (up 12.8 per cent), printing trades (up 8.9 per cent), science professionals (up 6.8 per cent) and hairdressers, up 5.9 per cent.

The DEWR also revealed that newspaper advertisements increased in all three major occupational groups, with associate professionals showing the biggest increase, up 2.6 per cent.

A separate index for on-line information technology and communications vacancies rose 1.8 per cent to be 28.8 per cent higher than the low reached in May and 14.9 per cent higher than the same time last year.

Falls were recorded for three groups: wood trades, food trades and building and engineering professionals.

The biggest rises over the year were for metal workers, the printing trades and electrical and electronic trades.

In the last three months, the jobless rate has fallen to 14-year lows.

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