Victoria’s unemployment levels have hit a high and it’s not limited to one region, the spike has plagued the state.
Since December 2018, there are now over 10,200 more unemployed people in Melbourne’s South East, in Melbourne’s West it’s over 7,600 more people without a job, in Melbourne’s North West 2,900 and close to 1,900 on the Mornington Peninsula.
All of these areas are some of Melbourne’s largest growth areas. Labor loves to talk up how it’s delivering for Victorian families, especially in the West, but the only thing we’ve seen Labor deliver is new taxes and no new jobs.
In a bitter blow to Victorian job seekers, our unemployment rate is now 5.4 per cent, this is higher than the Australian rate. Victoria’s unemployment rate compares badly to that of NSW which is only 4.5 per cent.
For regional Victorians, the situation is just as disappointing for their city cousins. Almost all areas recorded increased rates of unemployment, with Bendigo, Shepparton, Warrnambool and South-West the worst affected.
Comments attributable to Shadow Treasurer, Louise Staley:
“The Victorian Labor Government’s jobs record is unravelling, leaving thousands of job seekers unable to get the jobs they so desperately desire.
“At a time when every Victorian is being taxed through the roof to pay for Labor’s budget bugger up, they need a government that creates jobs so that people can get on with living their lives, safe in the knowledge of where their next pay check is coming from.
“Daniel Andrews and Tim Pallas need to explain to all Victorian job seekers why they care more about taxes and budget band-aids than they do about jobs for hardworking Victorians.”
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