South Australia now has the highest unemployment rate on the mainland after a disastrous jump in the unemployment rate from 6.2 per cent to 6.8 per cent with the loss of 4,500 jobs in May.
The fact that nationally 4,800 jobs were lost in May whilst South Australia lost 4,500 highlights just how dire the situation in South Australia is.
Since last year’s budget almost 20,000 jobs have disappeared from South Australia as jobs and opportunity flee the state.
“Premier Weatherill must detail how he is going to deliver the 100,000 new jobs Labor promised would be created by February 2016,” said Shadow Employment Minister David Pisoni.
“Since the Labor Government promised 100,000 new jobs in 2010 South Australia has actually 800 fewer jobs and extra 18,000 unemployed.
“South Australia’s jobless rate has risen from 4.8 per cent to 6.8 per cent since Labor made its 100,000 jobs promise.
In fact, SA’s jobless rate jumped from 5.2 per cent to 6.8 per cent since Mr Weatherill became Premier.
“South Australia desperately needs a positive change in direction if we are to haul ourselves out of this jobs crisis.
“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,” said Mr Pisoni.