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Regional jobs crisis under Labor

Startling new regional unemployment data released today has painted a grim picture of the jobs crisis facing South Australians across the State.

In January 2015, almost every region in South Australia recorded steep increases in their unemployment rates:

Region Jan 2015 Dec 2014
Adelaide – Central and Hills 6.1 4.8
Adelaide – North 9.7 8.2
Adelaide – South 7.8 5.9
Barossa – Yorke – Mid-North 6.9 6.0
South Australia – Outback 5.0 3.2
South Australia – South East 11.9 7.1

“It is extremely alarming to see these kind of increases in only one month,” said Shadow Employment Minister David Pisoni.

“As South Australia’s jobs crisis continues to deepen it is no wonder Premier Weatherill is creating distractions by talking about time shifts and nuclear power.

“Regional Development Minister Geoff Brock must also outline to South Australians just what he is doing to help alleviate this regional jobs crisis.

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

“Introducing new land taxes on the family home – as outlined in the Government’s tax reform paper released recently – will also do nothing for business confidence in South Australia.

“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.

“The fact that the Weatherill Labor Government is talking about increasing taxes shows just how out of touch they are with South Australian families and businesses.”