Posted on 13. Oct, 2011 in News

More Victorians are out of work with new figures today revealing the state’s unemployment has increased, bucking the national trend, Shadow Minister for Employment Tim Pallas said .

The Australian Bureau of Statistics Labour Force figures for September reveal that seasonally adjusted unemployment rates in Victoria have increased from 5.2 per cent in August to 5.3 per cent in September.

This means 4900 more Victorians were out of work in the past month.

The female unemployment rate increased from 5.5 per cent to 5.7 per cent, while the male unemployment rate rose from 4.9 per cent to 5 per cent.

This is in contrast to the national unemployment figures that declined from 5.3 per cent in August to 5.2 per cent in September, with 20,400 more jobs created nationally and 3800 less people unemployed.

Mr Pallas said these figures again highlighted why the Baillieu Government needed a plan on how it would stimulate the economy and create jobs.

“The Baillieu Government has spent more than 10 months doing absolutely nothing when it comes to creating jobs for Victorians,” Mr Pallas said.

“When a Government has no plan to protect and grow our economy, it’s no wonder more Victorians are finding themselves without a job.

“Nothing is more important to Victorian families than having a job, but unfortunately the Premier has put job creation on the backburner.

“He was too lazy to submit even one project for funding through Infrastructure Australia, and Victorians are still waiting to find out if the Premier even has a plan to attract investment to the state so more Victorians can find jobs.”

Mr Pallas said job creation didn’t happen by accident.

“Victorians are anxious about their jobs and their families’ security but are getting no support from the Baillieu Government,” he said.

“It’s time the Baillieu Government outlined a plan to create and secure jobs for Victorians.”


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