How much influence do governments have on unemployment?

Australia's 10-year unemployment high has brought on a political blame game. This kind of rhetoric has become par for the course with economic data releases, but is it justified?

As expected, a political game ensued following Australia’s latest round of employment data, which hit a 10-year high.

Jumping on the news, opposition leader Bill Shorten used the data to poll the Abbott government on its future plans.

"The Abbott government has got serious questions to answer," Mr Shorten told the media.


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