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More to do for job seekers

  • ABS data shows small improvement in unemployment
  • No room for complacency, more needs to be done for job seekers
  • Unemployment rate remains higher than the national rate

While it’s good to see some improvement in Tasmania’s jobs figures, much more needs to be done for Tasmanian job seekers.

Shadow Treasurer David O’Byrne said labour force figures released today by the ABS show the unemployment rate is down slightly, but remains among the highest in the country.

“The unemployment rate is down only 0.1 per cent to 6.1%, which is the third highest in the country and compares poorly to the national rate of 5.3%.

“There’s bad news for men, with fulltime employment down 2,400 over the past year.

“Overall, the number of unemployed people is up 1,500 over the year and more than 2,000 fulltime jobs have been lost since the last election.

Mr O’Byrne said Labor always welcomes more jobs for Tasmanians but this is no time for complacency.

“Will Hodgman promised before the last election to deliver the lowest jobless rate in the country, and we’re a long way from achieving that.

“The government shouldn’t be crowing about the transfer of secure jobs to tenuous casual and part-time employment. Secure jobs are what provide confidence for Tasmanians and build a strong economy.”

David O’Byrne
Shadow Treasurer