THE LABOR MARKET
The curront number of the 'Journal of '■the Department of Labor' contains the following in reference to tho conditions of labor in Dane<lin during November.— Trade and labor conditions have improved considerably, and in most instances are- now up to the normal standard. In tho building trades carpenters are fairly well emploved, but all the other branches are quiet. * Retail trades have also much improved. The demand for unskilled j labor has increased. _ I Building Trades.—Bricklaying: Trade [fair, bat has fallen off towards the end of the period. One or two tradesmen are at the present time out of employment. Carpentrv and joinery: Employment is plentiful" and a large number of workers is employed on the troopship. Apart from this work, however, tbero is not much employment for carpenters. Painting : Steady employment offering, and only rt small number of tradesmen have been temporarily unemployed. Plastering: Mav lie classed as fak\ and very little time has been lost by tradesmen. Plumbing and gasfiUing: Employment is intermittent, (several tradesmen being temporarily unemployed. Stonemnsonry: Verv quiet, and several tradesmen are idle".
Woodworking Trades, Boxmakmg: Steady, but considerably quieter than is usually the case at this season of _ the rear Cabinetmaking and upholstering: A slight improvement is noticeable, but there are still several tradesmen out of work. Coopering: Steady. Sash and door factories, and saw-milling: Conditions are slightlv improved, but most of the employment is of an intermittent character. Woodt liming: Very dull, practically no employment offering. , • , Engineering Trades.—Agricultural implement making: Normal, and quite as busy ns is usual at this season of the year. Boilermakine: Bather slack. Most firms are workimr fhort time. Brass and coppersmithing: Very dull: tradesmen are working only four or five days per week. Electrical engineering: Reports show that trade is verv quiet. Fitting and turning : Slack; only a few firms .are working full time. Tron and brassmoulding: Trade is rather dull: in most crises operatives are working about four da.vs per week. Rangemaking: Quiet, owinrr to the continued slackness in the buildinc trades. leather Trades. Rootmakinc (factories) : Fairly busy in nil departments; prospects ari> considered sntisfactnry. Bootmaking (repair shops): Trade improved : hands obtain steady employment penernlly. Saddlery and harnes«niakincr: Harnessmakinr: is si nek, but saddlery is fair, recular hands being fully employed at the latter trade. Clothinsr Trades.—Dressmaking and millinery : Trade has improved very much this "period, and extra workers ate required Shirtmaking : Busy : shirt machinists and denim hands are in demand. Tailoring (factories): Fairly brisk; all hands are in constant employment. Tailoring (order): Busy, all shops working to the full capacity. In some cases overtime is worked in order to complete requirements. Woollen-milling: Very busy. Retail Trades.—Clothing and drapery: Fairly good, and shows signs of improvement. Boots: Onlv a moderate demand. Groceries: Rather "dull, only necessaries being purchased. Printing Trade*.— Bookbinding : Rather quiet: no demand for extra tradesmen. Printing: Fairly busy; nil regular hands in steady work.
Meat Freezimr. —Very busy in all depart ments. and a considerable increase m bust noss is expected when more stock is avail able.
Coachbi'iWi'ns Trades.—Fairly busy in all branches, and no tradesmen are reported as being oet of employment. C'vcle and Motor Trad?' —ftocd, and all fiH-iTinTiics are fnir'y employed. Agricultural Onwatir-ns.—Farming and dairying: There Ins been a fair demand for farm hands. Dairying operations are now in full swine. Miscellaneous. —Hat and cap manufacturing: Exceptionally bnsv.. and a considerable nmovnt of overtime is bairn' worked. Biscn't mnnvfacturirc : Busv throuahout. Flour-milling: Quiet, owintr princinallr *o sTiorinpe in *vh- n at supplies. Unskilled Labor.—The number of callers has 1-3LT: ra.thcr bircrer than dnrine last month. Th?re has bcei little demand for workers bv private employers, but n. fair df-mand on Govemn-Tit works. Durinn' the month 216 men—ll2 married and 104 single—registered their names for emr.!»ir,n>".t Of fltf-ro HI Wrio assi.'lwl. 69 bc;n_' se.it to Government works and 42 to private employment.
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THE LABOR MARKET, Evening Star, Issue 15670, 8 December 1914