Fact check: Anne Rushton’s false and misleading unemployment claims

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The facts: Unemployment by Prime Minister First, the claims themselves. Senator Ruston said, “You’ve only got to look at the history of the Labor Party. Notoriously they’ve always presided over … higher unemployment rates.” TND found that this claim is false. Australian Bureau of Statistics data shows Labor has not always presided over higher unemployment rates than the Coalition. In fact, unemployment fell to 4 per cent twice under Labor in 2008 – an equal record low to February 2022 (the current rate). Looking at averages, unemployment was 5.1 per cent under Labor’s last term from 2008 to 2013, compared to 6.3 per cent under John Howard’s term from 1996 to 2007. Under the current Coalition government, which came into office in 2013 with Tony Abbott as prime minister, the jobless rate has averaged at 5.6 per cent.

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