The number of jobless South Australians has now increased by 33 per cent – or 13,400 – since the Weatherill Labor Government promised to create 100,000 new jobs.
This is the worst performance in the nation during this period – even worse than Tasmania.
South Australia’s jobless rate has risen from 4.8 per cent to 6.3 per cent since Labor made its 100,000 jobs promise – an increase of more than 31 per cent.
In fact, SA’s jobless rate jumped from 5.2 per cent to 6.3 per cent since Mr Weatherill became Premier – an increase of more than 21 per cent.
“The Weatherill Labor Government must recommit to its 100,000 new jobs promise and detail how it plans to deliver its promise before the upcoming State Budget,” said Shadow Employment Minister David Pisoni.
“Last month, when the State Liberals called on Treasurer Koutsantonis to recommit to the Government’s 100,000 new jobs promise, he referred media inquiries to Employment Minister Gail Gago.
“In fact, in a cynical effort to distance himself from SA’s jobs crisis, Mr Weatherill has shifted the important portfolio to the Legislative Council.
“While Premier Weatherill tries to paint himself as listening to business, his Labor Government continues to neglect businesses and job seekers in SA.
“For 12 years, the Weatherill Labor Government has failed to create an environment that encourages and supports business growth in South Australia.
“South Australia is suffering under the highest taxes in the nation, the worst performing workers’ compensation scheme in the nation and the worst small business conditions and small business confidence in the nation.
“The State Liberals understand the pressures facing South Australian families and businesses – the Weatherill Labor Government does not.
“After 12 years of Mr Weatherill and Labor, South Australians deserve better.”