There appeared to be a direct correlation between swings and unemployment rates.
Rising unemployment and falling full-time jobs appear to have been a key factor behind the large swings against Labor across south-eastern Australia in Saturday's election.
The Bureau of Statistics reports that, as forecasters expected, unemployment rose in August to 5.8 per cent, its highest level in four years. Jobs continued to contract despite new signs of life in the economy.
In trend terms, the bureau estimates that full-time employment peaked in April, and now stands just 23,000 higher than a year ago, although there are 334,000 more Australians of working age.
In recent months, full-time jobs have regained part of their earlier losses in Queensland and WA but have ebbed down in NSW, Victoria and South Australia.
Total employment peaked nationally in June and has declined marginally since. In the past six months, on the trend figures, only a net 23,000 Australians have gained jobs, while 41,000 have become unemployed.
Even on the official figures - which significantly understate the real level of unemployment because of unrealistic definitions - 712,400 Australians are now unemployed, almost 250,000 more than in early 2008 and more than at any time since 1998.
Most of the job losses since 2011 have occurred in the south-eastern states where voters turned savagely against Labor. On the latest figures, the swing to the Coalition was 5.4 per cent in Victoria and South Australia, and 11.4 per cent in Tasmania.
In Tasmania unemployment has soared to 8.6 per cent. It is 6.8 per cent in SA and 5.7 per cent in Victoria.
It is also 5.7 per cent in NSW, where the swing against Labor on Saturday was a milder 3 per cent. But it was the swing that did most damage, costing Labor seven seats, or eight including Craig Thomson's seat of Dobell.
In the resource states, by contrast, there are significantly more full-time jobs now than in 2010, and the average swing against Labor was just 1 per cent. Labor lost up to 17 seats on Saturday, but only two were in the resource states, both in Queensland: Petrie and Capricornia.
By contrast, Labor lost 14 or 15 seats in the south-eastern states, possibly four seats in Victoria.