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Liberals fail jobs recovery

  • New data shows 2,400 jobs lost in past moth
  • Gutwein’s false promises on jobs exposed
  • Upcoming State Budget critical for recovery

ABS jobs data released today shows Peter Gutwein’s COVID-19 recovery plan is failing.

Shadow Treasurer, David O’Byrne, said the data exposes the Premier’s complacency about the state’s economic recovery.

“Peter Gutwein has repeatedly told Tasmanians they can be ‘cautiously optimistic’ about the state’s economic recovery under the Liberals, but the data paints a grim picture,” Mr O’Byrne said.

“20,800 Tasmanians are now unemployed, with 2,400 jobs lost in the past month alone.

“The state’s unemployment rate has now jumped from 6.4% to 7.6%, which is particularly shocking considering even locked-down Victoria recorded an unemployment rate of 6.7%.

“Tasmania’s youth unemployment rate is by far the worst in the country, and underemployment continues to wreak havoc for Tasmanian households, with monthly hours worked down 2.2% for the month, the biggest drop of any state or territory.

“Labor celebrates every job that has returned since the peak of the pandemic and we celebrate every business that has been able to survive.

“We need to be optimistic but we also need to be realistic and a Government that is more focused on patting itself on the back than actually doing the hard work jeopardies our state’s recovery.

“Tasmania’s COVID recovery continues to go backwards under the Liberals watch and the Premier can’t continue to spin his way out of trouble.

“Peter Gutwein doesn’t have a plan for recovery, making the upcoming State Budget particularly critical in providing measures that give Tasmanians confidence in the future.

Labor’s COVID-19 Recovery Package is designed to get Tasmanians back into jobs, help those hardest hit by the pandemic and create a better, fairer and more resilient economy and society.”

David O’Byrne MP
Shadow Treasurer