More than 12 years of Labor Government in South Australia has left its mark – job vacancies have hit the floor in the wake of Labor’s State Budget.
According to ANZ Job Ads data released today, South Australia experienced a 36 per cent drop off in job vacancy rates in June alone, compared to modest average fall of just 2.3 per cent around the nation.
“After more than 12 years of Labor in SA, our state’s performance is the worst of all states and more than seven times worse than any other state,” said Shadow Employment Minister David Pisoni.
“Premier Jay Weatherill and Labor have delivered the worst job opportunity performance in Australia in just 113 days since the State Election.
“If Labor has wreaked such jobs havoc in only 113 days, imagine what sort of damage Labor will deliver over four years.
“These statistics are particularly concerning given that there are now 800 fewer South Australians in jobs since Labor promised to create 100,000 new jobs by 2016.
“In the last 12 months, the number of weekly newspaper job ads fell by a staggering 38 per cent – the worst of all states.
“Yet Premier Jay Weatherill and Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis try to paint Labor as listening to business.
“These figures confirm that this Labor Government neglected SA businesses, and job seekers are now paying the price.
“This is more evidence of weak business confidence in South Australia, 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 Weatherill Labor Government has simply failed to understand the need to create an environment that encourages and supports business growth in our state.”