Posted on 09. Jun, 2011 in News

The Baillieu Government must outline how it will create new jobs with Victoria’s unemployment rate rising to 5.1 per cent, Shadow Minister for Employment Tim Pallas said today.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics Labour Force figures for May reveal that unemployment in Victoria has increased from 4.7 per cent in April to 5.1 per cent in May seasonally adjusted.

This is the largest increase seasonally adjusted in unemployment since early 2009.

“Mr Baillieu has done nothing to create jobs and instead has spent the past six months talking down Victoria’s economy,” Mr Pallas said.

“Under this negativity and inaction, we have seen the unemployment rate increase to 5.1 per cent.

“This Government has no plan to create any new jobs in Victoria and no jobs target for the next four years.

“Mr Baillieu has no plan to create jobs, no plan to attract investment to Victoria and no plan to ensure the State remains a competitive place to do business.

“In fact the Baillieu Government has admitted it’s taking a hands-off approach when it comes to creating new jobs.”

In Parliament on 1 June, 2011, Liberal Minister Louise Asher said: “…there is a fundamental point of philosophical difference between the opposition and the government, and that is that the opposition seems to think the government’s role is to provide jobs… [the Government] will allow the private sector to create jobs.”

“While this Government dithers, Victoria is in real danger of being overtaken by other states.”

Under Baillieu’s watch from the number of unemployed Victorians has increased between December 2010 and May 2011, to 155,000.






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