SUBURBAN UNEMPLOYMENT CRISIS GETS WORSE UNDER NAPTHINE – SOUTH EAST 8.3%

Posted on 15. Aug, 2014 in News

The Australian Bureau Statistics has revealed a major jump in suburban unemployment, but Denis Napthine still doesn’t have a jobs plan.

Unemployment has jumped to 6.9 per cent, the highest rate since February 2009, but is much higher in some regions.

Some of the areas hardest hit are:

• Melbourne’s South East, up 2.7 per cent to 8.3 per cent (up 2.6 per cent from December 2010)
• Melbourne’s North West, up 0.9 per cent to 7.4 per cent (up 0.9 per cent from December 2010)
• Mornington Peninsula, up 0.5 per cent to 7 per cent (up 3.6 per cent from December 2010)
• Melbourne Inner, up 0.5 per cent to 5.4 per cent (up 0.8 per cent from December 2010)
• Melbourne’s West, up 0.4 per cent to 8.8 per cent (up 2.6 per cent from December 2010)
• Greater Melbourne, up 0.4 per cent to 6.6 per cent (up 2.1 per cent from December 2010)
• Melbourne’s Inner East, up 0.2 per cent to 4.6 per cent (4.7 per cent in December 2010)
• Melbourne’s Inner South up 0.2 per cent to 5.3 per cent (up 2.6 per cent from December 2010)
• Melbourne’s North East, 6 per cent (2.3 per cent in December 2010)
Quotes attributable to Mr Pallas:

“Denis Napthine and the Coalition have abandoned Melbourne’s families.”

“Unemployment in some suburban areas is twice as bad as it was when the Liberals were first elected – this crisis is getting out of control.”

“Labor has a plan for jobs and growth, but Denis Napthine is cutting TAFE, cutting skills and making it harder for young people to find work.”

Key Facts

• Denis Napthine cut $1.2 billion from TAFE, forcing the closure of many campuses and reducing retraining opportunities for the unemployed.
• Victoria’s unemployment rate has been higher than the national rate every month for 12 months.
• Under the Napthine Government, more than 70,000 people have lost their job in Victoria.
• A Victorian Labor Government would reinvigorate the successful Regional Infrastructure Development Fund (RIDF), targeting priority infrastructure projects, building better connections and creating more job opportunities.
• Establish Infrastructure Victoria to plan the State’s infrastructure priorities as well as establish Projects Victoria to deliver critical major projects.
• Ensure the Victorian Government’s procurement processes support local jobs and businesses.

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