Dole numbers explode

Via Domain:

The number of Australians receiving the JobSeeker payment rose by 300,000 in a month to hit 1.64 million people on May 22, with a further 45,000 claims outstanding, the Senate inquiry into the government’s response to COVID-19 has heard.

The Department of Social Services has previously estimated that 1.7 million people would seek the welfare payment by September.

Plus 3.5m on DoleHider.

Worry not, the ABS will massage the numbers back to “full employment” next month.

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