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Public sector jobs drop to lowest ever recorded levels

Public sector job prospects in the capital collapsed late last year to their lowest ever recorded levels, new data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics reveals.

The bureau's latest job vacancy snapshot shows just 300 government jobs were up for grabs in the ACT in November 2013, the lowest level since records began 30 years ago.

In November 2012 when there were 800 jobs available the government sector in Canberra.

There was dismal news too for the city's private sector workers with non-government job vacancies down by nearly 25 per cent from last year, way below the national Australia-wide trend that saw vacancies across Australia slump by 15 per cent.

There were just 2300 jobs vacant in Canberra's private sector in November 2013, according to the bureau, down from 3100 the previous year and way down from an all-time-high of 5500 in November 2010.

The numbers represent all government sector jobs the territory including the Australian Public Service, and broader federal sector as well as ACT Public Service and other government employers.

The figures were published on Wednesday and were taken in the wake of the Abbott government's hiring freeze on the Australian Public Service, Canberra's biggest employer, and several years of cost cutting and efficiency dividends under the previous Labor government which also cut into public sector jobs in the capital.

The previous lows of just 400 public sector vacancies in Canberra were recorded by the ABS between 1996 and 1997 as the then newly elected Howard government imposed deep cuts on public service numbers.

The highest ever recorded number of public sector vacancies in Canberra came in the dying days of John Howard's government in 2007 when 2400 government jobs up for grabs in the capital.

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