Posted on 12. Apr, 2012 in News

The Premier must start working to protect and create jobs with new figures showing Victoria’s unemployment rate has increased significantly, Leader of the Opposition Daniel Andrews said today.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics Labour Force figures for March reveal that seasonally adjusted unemployment rates in Victoria have increased from 5.5 per cent in February to 5.8 per cent in March – higher than the national average of 5.2 per cent.

This means more than 11,500 Victorians joined the unemployment queue last month.

Victorian now has the highest unemployment rate in mainland Australia and was one of just two states where unemployment increased last month.

In comparison, unemployment decreased in New South Wales.

With 177,000 Victorians unemployed, there are now more people unemployed in this State than ever before. In the final two years of the Labor Government, 198,000 jobs were created – more jobs than there are now Victorians unemployed.

“The Baillieu Government promised to deliver 55,000 new jobs, but instead unemployment is increasing,” Mr Andrews said.

“Nothing is more important to families than a job and that’s why the Baillieu Government needs to start working hard to keep Victorians in work.

“Victoria is quickly losing its reputation as a place to do business and has lost its title as the jobs engine room of the nation.

“Each month. more and more Victorians are losing their jobs but Ted Baillieu remains too weak or too lazy to develop a jobs plan that will keep people in work.

“What the Premier needs to understand is that behind these figures are real people facing an uncertain future, and without a jobs plan more jobs could disappear across the State.”

Victorian Labor is doing the hard work to develop a jobs plan – one that’s based on listening to Victorians on an issue that’s important to everyone across the State.

“Ted Baillieu may not want to work hard to protect jobs, but Labor does and that’s why we are developing a jobs and investment plan,” Mr Andrews said.

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