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Catherine Birch, analyst at ANZ, points out that around 97% of net employment gains over the past year for the Australian economy have been in the public sector.

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“Private sector growth has been essentially flat, corresponding with weak business conditions and declining private investment.”

“The strength in public sector employment has been seen across states and territories as well as in key industries.”

“Relying on the public sector to create employment opportunities is not sustainable. With a significant and sustained change in momentum for the private sector unlikely in the near term, we expect overall employment growth to slow to 2.0% y/y by the end of 2019 and further in 2020.”