Victoria’s regional employment strongest in Australia

Victoria’s regional employment strongest in Australia  Thursday, 19 September 2013 Employment in regional Victoria continued to grow over the three months to August, according to Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) figures.

Victoria’s regional employment

Treasurer Michael O’Brien said.  “Regional Victoria’s unemployment rate of 5.4 per cent over the three months to August 2013 is the lowest of all the states,” Mr O’Brien said.  “Today’s figures compare favourably to the Australian regional average of 6 per cent and are significantly stronger than the rate of 6.3 per cent when Labor left office in November 2010.”

“Victoria is the only state where regional jobs increased, and we have the lowest regional unemployment rate in the nation,” Mr O’Brien said.

In the three months to August 2013, employment in regional Victoria increased by 9,600 persons (1.3 per cent) compared to the three months to May 2013.

“These 9,600 new jobs in regional Victoria have been supported by the Victorian Coalition Government’s economic strategy of building for growth, careful management of the state’s finances and record infrastructure investment.

“There are now 38,000 more people employed in regional Victoria than when Labor left office,” Mr O’Brien said.

Over the year, the increase in employment was largely driven by the Central Highlands-Wimmera region and the Goulburn-Ovens-Murray region.

Regional Victoria's strong employment

Regional Victoria’s strong employment

“The Coalition Government’s economic strategy is to build for growth and create jobs,” Mr O’Brien said.  “We are continuing to deliver infrastructure in our regional cities and towns through the $1 billion Regional Growth Fund.

“The former Labor Government left a regional unemployment rate of 6.3 per cent. While the Coalition Government is encouraging new jobs, Labor is opposing job-creating projects such as the East West Link,” Mr O’Brien said.

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Regional Development Australia: The Conference will feature discussions on Regional Employment and job creation. It will be held in Albury NSW on the 15 – 16 October 2014 with a focus on the broad issues of economic, planning, environment and community development.

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