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Weatherill’s catastrophic jobs crisis

SA’s highest unemployment rate in 12 years

South Australia’s dangerous jobs crisis has continued on Premier Weatherill’s watch, with ABS data today revealing SA’s unemployment rate has jumped to a staggering 7.1 per cent in March.

This is South Australia’s highest unemployment rate in 12 years.

SA’s unemployment rate is the highest of all mainland states and must be compared to the national unemployment rate, which is only 5.8 per cent.

In South Australia, almost 9,000 full-time jobs were lost in March alone, with 24,000 full-time jobs lost since the June State Budget.

“South Australia is in the midst of a dangerous jobs crisis on Mr Weatherill’s watch,” said State Liberal Leader Steven Marshall.

“However, Mr Weatherill and Labor have no plan to grow our economy and no plan to put our State back on track.

“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.”