Australian professionals fill hole dug by mining slowdown

April 20, 2015 2:18 AM

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SYDNEY, April 20 (Reuters) - As Australia's cooling mining sector lays off workers, an army of white-collar professionals is more than filling the employment gap, courtesy of a housing sector stoked by record low interest rates.

In the year to February, 99,000 net new positions were created in the professional, scientific and technical services sector, a category stuffed with architects, engineers and lawyers.

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