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Victoria: the only state experiencing a fall in job vacancies

Victoria is the only state in Australia to suffer a fall in job vacancies in the last 12 months according to figures released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

Job vacancies are an important leading indicator of future jobs growth.

According to the figures released today for the November 2020 quarter, Victoria has 1,700 fewer job vacancies than in the November 2019 quarter.

Victoria was the only state to suffer a reduction in job vacancies during that time.

This fall is entirely driven by a fall in job vacancies numbers in the private sector.

In November 2020 there were 2,100 fewer private sector job vacancies in Victoria compared with the numbers from November 2019. Job vacancies in the public sector rose slightly over the same period.

In the rest of Australia, job vacancies were 29,500 higher compared to the same quarter last year, with 28,700 of this increase being private-sector job vacancies.

This new data comes in the same week as the National Skills Commission Internet Vacancy Index confirmed Victoria as the only state to have fewer job advertisements in December than November. 

Comments attributable to Shadow Treasurer, Louise Staley:

“The job vacancy figures released today show that Daniel Andrews and Labor have no plan to get Victoria back in business.

“Today’s figures show that those jobs are not coming back, and Labor has no plan to get them back.

“The news for Victorian job seekers due to Labor’s lack of action is bleak.

“While the economies of other states are recovering and jobs are coming back, those desperately looking for work in Victoria can see little hope on the horizon.

“Victoria’s businesses are suffering. We already know that smaller businesses have shed jobs at around three times the rate of larger businesses and have been abandoned by Labor.

“Labor’s not working for job seekers and small businesses.

“Victorians who need work so they can look after their families and put food on the table need a plan to get businesses hiring again. Only the Liberal Nationals have that plan.”

Media contact:   Joshua Morris   0409 931 430   joshua.morris@opposition.vic.gov.au


Victoria only state to have fewer jobs on offer

Victorians are suffering the economic consequences of Labor’s second wave, with the number of job ads falling in December.  Not surprisingly, because they didn’t experience a second wave, they rose everywhere else in Australia. 

According to data released today through the Commonwealth Government’s Labour Market Information Portal, job ads in Victoria fell by 1,100 or 2.7 per cent in December, while they rose in every other state and territory in Australia. 

This fall in job ads in Victoria contrasts with an overall rise in job ads in Australia in December of 1.4 per cent. 

Job ads in Victoria in 2020 only rose by 2 per cent, compared with the national increase for 2020 of 11.1 per cent. 

Comments attributable to Shadow Treasurer, Louise Staley: 

“The economic recovery from the pandemic has started in the rest of Australia, yet due to Labor’s incompetence and inaction, Victorians looking for work are still suffering. 

“These figures clearly show that Labor isn’t working for Victorians. 

“Victoria is so far behind other states and territories.  They have only the Andrews Labor Government to blame for the dismal state of our economy and jobs situation.

“Only the Liberal Nationals have a plan to make local economic recovery a priority and get Victorians back to work and back in business.”   

Media contact:   Tineka Everaardt   0408 210 293   Tineka.Everaardt@opposition.vic.gov.au


Jobs crisis continues to hit women and young people

Today’s labour force figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) show there are few signs of recovery as women and young people seeking work continue to struggle to find a job.

Victoria’s overall unemployment rate remained above the national average, with Victoria’s unemployment rate at 7.1 per cent compared to the national figure of 6.8 per cent.

Victorian women continue to bear the brunt of the jobs crisis, with the unemployment rate among women at 8.3 per cent, compared to 6.2 per cent among men. Nearly three-quarters of the jobs lost in Victoria since the start of the pandemic have been lost by women.

Youth unemployment in Victoria has also remained higher than the nation, with the Victorian youth unemployment rate at 17.4 per cent, compared to the national figure of 14.6 per cent.

Also, Victorians who want more work continue to struggle, with the figures showing that on top of the unemployment rate, a further 10.6 per cent of Victorians are underemployed without enough work.

Comments attributable to Shadow Treasurer, Louise Staley:

“Today’s unemployment figures clearly show that jobs for Victorian women and young people are not recovering.

“This second wave of COVID-19, caused by Labor’s bungled hotel quarantine program and inadequate contact tracing, has destroyed jobs in industries such as hospitality and creative industries that primarily employed women and young people.

“It’s shocking to think that for every four Victorians who have lost their jobs since the start of this pandemic, three of them are women.”

Comments attributable to Shadow Minister for Jobs and Trade, Matthew Guy:

“It’s staggering that one out of every six Victorians either want work or want more work – and for women, that figure is one out of every five.

“Only the Liberal Nationals have a genuine plan to get Victorians back to work and to rebuild our shattered small business sector.”

Media contact:     Anja Wolff     0435 827 028     anja.wolff@opposition.vic.gov.au


Future looks grim for Victorian businesses

Victorian small and medium businesses (SMBs) still hold deep concerns about the economy moving into 2021, according to the September Quarter Sensis Business Index, released today. 

Victorian SMBs had the highest level of pessimism about the future of any state in Australia, with 34 per cent of SMBs saying they believe the economy would be worse a year from now. 

33 per cent of Victorian SMBs said they expect it will take more than a year to get back to pre-pandemic levels, compared to 25 per cent of SMBs in New South Wales. 

Victorian SMBs also had the highest level of distrust of their state government, with 24 per cent saying they believe the Andrews Labor Government works against small business. 

Comments attributable to Leader of the Opposition and Shadow Minister for Small Business, Michael O’Brien: 

“Mum and dad business owners have been completely neglected by Daniel Andrews.  If you’re not part of a big union or a big business, Andrews just doesn’t care. 

“Victoria is the only state where businesses were shut down for months and it’s all because of the second wave the Andrews Labor Government caused. 

“The Liberal Nationals care about small and medium businesses - we have a plan to support them.  Getting Victorians back to work and back in business is our priority.”

 Comments attributable to Shadow Treasurer, Louise Staley: 

“The Sensis Business Index tells us what we’re hearing from small and medium businesses every day: the Victorian economic crisis is hitting them hardest of all. 

“The engine room of Victoria’s economy is stalling under the Andrews Labor Government.

“As a result of the second wave of COVID-19 caused by Labor’s bungled hotel quarantine program and inadequate contact tracing, businesses with under 200 employees have shed jobs at around three times the levels of businesses employing over 200 people. It’s little wonder Victorians SMBs are stressing about the future. 

“Last month’s state budget didn’t provide a recovery plan for these businesses, so it’s not surprising to see such a large number of SMBs feel the Andrews Labor Government is working against them.”

Media contact:  Tineka Everaardt   0408 210 293   Tineka.Everaardt@opposition.vic.gov.au


No Christmas joy for Victorian job seekers

The latest payroll jobs data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) shows no sign of a recovery in jobs in Victoria leading up to Christmas.

The figures for the week ending 28 November show Victoria still suffering the largest decline in payroll jobs of any state or territory since the start of the pandemic, with payroll jobs down 4.3 per cent since mid-March.

Victorian small and medium businesses are also still suffering with payroll jobs in businesses employing fewer than 20 employees down 6.1 per cent and for businesses with between 20 and 199 employees down 6.7 per cent. 

This fall is compared to businesses with over 200 employees, which have only gone down by 2.1 per cent.

These figures that are worse than any other state, show that the recovery in jobs numbers occurring in the rest of Australia is just not happening in Victoria.

Comments attributable to Shadow Treasurer, Louise Staley:

“The payroll job numbers released today show that Victorians looking for work can expect little hope on the horizon in the lead up to Christmas.

“Victoria is still suffering a jobs crisis overall, with small and medium businesses bearing the brunt of this crisis. This has resulted in thousands of Victorians losing their jobs, with little hope of getting work.

“Victorian small and medium businesses have suffered the most as a result of the second wave, caused by Labor’s bungled hotel quarantine program and inadequate contact tracing.

“Labor has no plan to get these small and medium businesses, which are the backbone of Victoria’s economy, going again.

“Only the Liberal Nationals have a plan to get Victorians back to work and back in business.”

Media contact:   Joshua Morris   0409 931 430   joshua.morris@opposition.vic.gov.au


Data shows CBD hospitality in crisis

This month’s NAB Economics Data Insights report, released today, shows the depth of the economic crisis facing Melbourne’s once-thriving central business district (CBD).

The data shows that the share of Melbourne’s spending on cafés, restaurants and takeaway spent in the CBD has almost halved in the last twelve months.

Melbourne’s CBD café, restaurant and takeaway spending remains 50 per cent down on where they were a year ago while spending in pubs is down 57 per cent.

This is mainly because of ongoing restrictions on office capacity, which remains at 25 per cent for non-public service employees until 11 January next year.

For the public service, all employees are still required to work from home until 11 January, when offices will return to 25 per cent capacity.

Overall, spending growth in Victoria last week was still outstripped by New South Wales, Queensland, Western Australia, Tasmania and the Northern Territory.

Comments attributable to Shadow Treasurer, Louise Staley:

“These latest figures show the level of the crisis facing small retail and hospitality businesses in Melbourne’s CBD.

“Spending on food and drink in Melbourne’s CBD is at half of what it was only a year ago. Cafés, restaurants, pubs and takeaways are all suffering.

“These businesses were forced to shut as a result of the second wave caused by Labor’s bungled hotel quarantine program and inadequate contact tracing.

“Now, their path to recovery is being blocked by restrictions keeping office workers and public servants working from home.

“These businesses need a plan to get people back into the CBD so they can recover.

“Only the Liberal Nationals have a plan to get people Back to Work and Back in Business.”

Media contact:     Anja Wolff     0435 827 028     anja.wolff@opposition.vic.gov.au


Double downgrade a disaster for Victoria

The news that Standard and Poor’s has downgraded Victoria’s long-held AAA credit rating is more evidence that Labor only has a plan for debt and waste. 

However, it is even more sobering that Standard and Poor’s has downgraded Victoria’s credit rating down two levels, from AAA to AA, skipping over AA+. 

Victoria has maintained a AAA credit rating with agency Standard and Poor’s since 2003. 

Last week the Treasurer, Tim Pallas, admitted he believed there was a likelihood the major rating agencies would downgrade Victoria’s credit rating. 

As a result of this downgrade, Victoria will now incur higher interest repayments on the $155 billion of debt included in last month’s State Budget. 

This will mean money that would have typically been spent on the provision of government services, such as police, firefighters, teachers and nurses, will be used to service Victoria’s unprecedented debt. 

Comments attributable to Leader of the Opposition, Michael O’Brien:

A double downgrade tells Victorians that Labor can’t manage money and we will all pay for it. 

“This means tens of millions of dollars in higher borrowing costs to be paid for in more taxes, fewer schools and longer hospital waiting lists. 

“Blowing the AAA is another sign that Labor’s reckless management is a threat to our state’s recovery that Victorians cannot afford.” 

Comments attributable to Shadow Treasurer, Louise Staley: 

“Today is a sad day for Victoria as Daniel Andrews and Labor have trashed our AAA credit rating. 

“The fact that Standard and Poor’s has felt compelled to downgrade Victoria’s credit rating two levels to AA demonstrates how worried world financial experts are about the Andrews Labor Government and its ability to manage budgets. 

“Successive Victorian governments have managed to maintain Victoria’s AAA credit rating to preserve our international reputation as a responsible manager of government funds and also to minimise interest repayments. 

“Considering how many billions of dollars Daniel Andrews and Labor have thrown away on budget blowouts and government waste, it is clear that they now owe Victorians an explanation as to why in the coming years, Victorian taxpayers will be spending millions of dollars servicing debt rather than funding essential services.”

Media contact:   Joshua Morris   0409 931 430   joshua.morris@opposition.vic.gov.au


Job ad numbers in Victoria still the worst

Today’s job advertisement numbers have confirmed that under the Andrews Labor Government, there is less growth in new job advertisements in Victoria than any other state compared to this time last year. 

The numbers, released on the Commonwealth Government’s Labour Market Information Portal, show that job advertisements have risen by just 4.5 per cent in Victoria in the last 12 months, the smallest increase of any Australian state. 

In the same 12 month period, job advertisements in Australia overall have increased by 11.2 per cent. 

Over 140,000 Victorians have lost their job due to Daniel Andrews’ incompetent management of hotel quarantine in Victoria. 

Due to Labor’s second wave, there are now more unemployed women in Victoria than ever before, with small and medium-sized businesses having shed jobs at over four times the rate of larger businesses.

Victoria in a jobs crisis with one in five Victorians are either out of a job or can't get the hours that they want. 

Comments attributable to Shadow Treasurer, Louise Staley: 

“Today’s job ad numbers confirm Victoria’s jobs crisis and just how tough it is to find a job in Victoria, all because Labor botched hotel quarantine. 

“More Victorians have lost their jobs than any other state, as Victoria has endured Labor’s lockdowns and second wave of COVID-19. 

“Victorians who have lost their jobs, mostly women, are being abandoned by Daniel Andrews and Labor. 

“Victorians looking for work are struggling. They need a plan to get people back to work and back in business, but Labor only has a plan for more debt and waste.” 

Media contact:   Joshua Morris   0409 931 430   joshua.morris@opposition.vic.gov.au


Support for retail needed as Victoria continues to lag

Retail trade figures for October released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) show that while retail in the rest of Australia has bounced back to pre-pandemic levels, retail in Victoria is still way behind due the devastating impacts of Labor’s second wave. 

The October figures show that while every other state and territory had higher retail trade turnover in October than in March before the pandemic, under Daniel Andrews, Victoria’s is down by 13.7 per cent on the March figures. 

These figures are driven by continued weakness in turnover for cafes, restaurants and catering services, clothing, footwear, personal accessory retailing and department stores. 

This is the second major piece of economic data this week to confirm that as the rest of Australia has begun to recover from the COVID-19 induced recession, Victoria continues to struggle as a result of the second wave caused by Labor’s bungled hotel quarantine program and inadequate contact tracing. 

Comments attributable to Shadow Treasurer, Louise Staley: 

“These numbers confirm that because of Labor’s second wave of coronavirus, retailers are suffering more than every other state in Australia. 

“Due to Daniel Andrews’ incompetence, retail trade in Victoria has gone backwards since March by a staggering 13.7 per cent. 

“What retailers desperately need, and what Daniel Andrews has failed to deliver, is support for small businesses to get back to work. 

“As we approach Christmas I encourage all Victorians shop locally and support struggling small businesses. 

“The hospitality industry is still doing it tough, now is great time to support your local cafes and restaurants.” 

Media contact:   Joshua Morris   009 931 430   joshua.morris@opposition.vic.gov.au


Victoria only state still in recession

Today’s national accounts figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics have confirmed that Victoria’s economy has continued to shrink while the rest of Australia recovers from the COVID-19 induced recession. 

In the September quarter, Victoria’s economy shrunk by 1.0 per cent, while every other state and territory saw their economies grow by at least 2.0 per cent. 

Overall, domestic final demand in Australia grew in the September quarter by 4.5 per cent. 

The September quarter was the fourth consecutive quarter Victoria’s economy has shrunk, as Victoria’s recession had begun before the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Victoria has not suffered four consecutive quarters of negative growth since 1990-91. 

Comments attributable to Shadow Treasurer, Louise Staley: 

“While the rest of Australia recovers from the recession caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Victoria’s economy continues to shrink. 

“This recession, which began before the pandemic, continues to cut a swathe through the economy as Victorians lose their jobs and their livelihoods. 

“This is the consequence of the second wave, caused by Labor’s bungled hotel quarantine program and inadequate contact tracing. Victoria’s economy is going south while the rest of the country is recovering. 

“Tens of thousands of Victorians have lost their jobs, small and medium businesses are shedding jobs, and there are more unemployed women in Victoria than at any other time in our history. 

“Victorians desperately need a plan to get them back to work and back in business so our economy can start growing again.” 

Media contact:  Tineka Everaardt   0408 210 293   Tineka.Everaardt@opposition.vic.gov.au