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Part-time jobs don’t make a full-time economy

The Weatherill Labor Government needs to do more to create full-time jobs for South Australians, according to the State Liberals.

The latest ABS unemployment data was released today revealing that 7,800 full-time jobs and 500,000 work hours were lost in South Australia last month.

“As the number of people looking for full time work increased last month, South Australia lost 7,800 full-time jobs,” said Shadow Employment Minister David Pisoni.

“Full-time employment is crucial to people’s ability to buy their own home, which in turn is critical to South Australia’s ongoing prosperity.

“What we have at the moment is a jobs target, not a jobs plan and South Australia’s army of unemployed are the victims of the Weatherill Government’s high tax policies. “The Labor Government has created only 1,000 of the promised 100,000 new jobs by 2016 – that’s 99,000 jobs short.

“Indeed since the Labor Government’s 2010 jobs pledge the number of unemployed in South Australia has actually grown by 16,100.

“South Australia’s unemployment rate stands at 6.6 per cent seasonally adjusted compared to the national rate of 6.3 per cent.

“South Australia is stuck in an economic rut and the Weatherill Government is clueless as to how to lead us out of it.

“To create jobs in South Australia we need to lower taxes and reduce red tape to encourage business investment and economic growth.

“Improving business conditions is the only sustainable means of growing South Australia’s stagnant jobs market.

“Right now, the Weatherill Labor Government needs to be doing more to create jobs for South Australians.”