Posted on 09. Sep, 2010 in Victoria

Victoria has again created more jobs than any other state over the past 12 months according to figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics today.

Treasurer John Lenders said the figures showed that Victoria had created more than 117,000 jobs over the past 12 months – the largest increase of any state.

“The Brumby Labor Government’s strong leadership is keeping our economy heading in the right direction and Victoria is generating more jobs than any other state,” Mr Lenders said.

“Victoria continues to lead the way, creating one of every three new jobs in Australia over the last year.

“Victoria is the job-creating capital we have invested record amounts in job-creating infrastructure, cut payroll tax by $193 million and given Victoria’s first home buyers the most generous bonuses in the nation for new home construction.”

Victoria’s increase of 117,700 was followed by New South Wales (95,000), Western Australia (47,300), and Queensland (44,200).

The increase was driven by a large rise in full-time employment in Victoria which grew by 74,800 over the year.

“Over the year to August we also recorded an employment growth rate of 4.3 per cent, again the strongest of all the states and easily outstripping Australia as a whole,” Mr Lenders said.

“These results demonstrate that the Brumby Labor Government’s stimulus plan and disciplined financial management is continuing to drive new jobs across the State.

“We are standing up for Victorian jobs because the best way to help working families is to give them meaningful jobs.”

Mr Lenders said the results were another embarrassment for the missing-in-action Kim Wells who had gone into hiding after trying to talk the Victorian economy into recession during the height of the Global Financial Crisis.

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