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20,000 unemployed South Australians in Adelaide's northern suburbs

The latest Labour Force data has revealed that there are now 20,000 unemployed people in Adelaide’s northern suburbs.

This is an increase of 42 per cent compared to August 2014.

The northern suburbs unemployment rate is now 9.4 per cent – inching ever closer to the dreaded double digits.

"This is a devastating number of unemployed people in Adelaide’s north and all before the closure of Holden," said Shadow Employment Minister David Pisoni.

"It is clear that the Weatherill Labor Government must take action now to alleviate the jobs crisis facing Adelaide’s North."

In a recent Estimates hearing, the Minister for Automotive Transformation revealed only $14.9 million of the $22 million budgeted for the Our Jobs Plan had been spent in the first two years of the program.

That means one-third of the available funding was unspent, including grant funding for the Automotive Supplier Diversification and Re-tooling programs.

"Adelaide’s northern suburbs are doing it tough and job seekers would not be happy to learn that the Weatherill Government is saving the money it said it would spend on its Jobs Plan," said Mr Pisoni.

"Adelaide’s north is in grave danger of becoming a jobs free zone if the Weatherill Government waits until it’s too late to deal with the closure of Holden and its flow-on effects in the broader automotive sector.

"We can’t afford to wait until 2017 to respond to the crisis that confronts us now."