Posted on 12. Dec, 2013 in News

Jobs continue to drain out of Victoria under Denis Napthine with Australian Bureau of Statistics figures released today showing the State lost 2,600 jobs in November and the unemployment rate increased to 6.2 per cent.

Shadow Treasurer, Tim Pallas, said he was concerned the trend was set to continue as the Napthine Government had no jobs plan and had not lifted a finger to prevent car manufacturer Holden from shutting down.

“Denis Napthine has overseen the rapid decline of manufacturing jobs in Victoria across a range of sectors,” Mr Pallas said.

“When questioned yesterday in Parliament about what efforts he made to stop thousands of jobs in Holden and the wider car component sector from leaving Victoria, it was clear Denis Napthine had done nothing.”

Mr Pallas said Victorians could expect more of the same under the Liberals who had no jobs plan after three years in office and had no intention of creating new jobs or assisting workers to develop new skills.

“Denis Napthine ripped $1.2 billion out of the TAFE system which means workers in the car manufacturing sector will have less opportunity to gain new skills,” Mr Pallas said.

Victoria recorded an increase in the unemployment rate in November with monthly seasonally adjusted figures rising from 6 per cent to 6.2 per cent ahead of the national average of 5.8 per cent.

This placed Victoria ahead of only South Australia and Tasmania and trailing the rest of the nation.

The ABS figures also showed there are 8200 more unemployed persons than October, meaning that nearly 48,000 more Victorians have joined the unemployment queue since the Coalition was elected.

Youth unemployment continues to lag behind, with the Victorian youth unemployment rate of 16.2 per cent above the national average of 15.5 per cent, in front of only Tasmania and South Australia.

“This has been a week of bad news for employment in Victoria, and the Napthine Government should be embarrassed that they have spent the last few weeks congratulating themselves on an anaemic job creation record, rather than working to save the jobs of Victorians.”

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