MORE VICTORIANS OUT OF WORK UNDER TED’S WATCH

MORE VICTORIANS OUT OF WORK UNDER TED’S WATCH

Posted on 10. Feb, 2011 in News

Tens of thousands of Victorians are out of work due to the Baillieu Government’s inaction and negativity towards the state’s economy with the unemployment rate hitting 5.1 per cent in January, Shadow Employment Minister Tim Pallas said today.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics Labour Force figures for January reveal that unemployment in Victoria has increased from 4.9 per cent in December to 5.1 per cent in January.

“Already we are seeing the damage caused by the Baillieu Government’s plan to slash expenditure and lack of vision to create jobs growth,” Mr Pallas said.

“They will cut $1.6 billion from government expenditure slashing the essential services of health and education on which all Victorians rely.

“They had no plan to create any new jobs in Victoria and they have no jobs target over the next four years.

“Under Baillieu’s the number of unemployed Victorians has increased between December 2010 and January 2011, to 154,000.

 “The Government’s efforts to talk down major infrastructure projects and to slash services in education and health can do nothing but undermine confidence for employers in the Victorian economy.

“Today, we have seen that the Minister for Employment Richard Dalla-Riva has been stripped of his legislative duties by Mr Baillieu.

“As Employment and Industrial Relations Minister, Mr Dalla-Riva has lost carriage of the Long Services Leave and the Public Sector (Awards Entitlement) Acts.

“Since Mr Dalla-Riva has no substantive legislative duties then he should focus on creating jobs and reducing Victoria’s unemployment rate.”

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