Labor needs to do more to create jobs for South Australians

The latest ABS Regional Labour Force data released yesterday confirms the Weatherill Labor Government needs to do more to create jobs for South Australians.

The data revealed that in the last 12 months:

  • The number of southern Adelaide jobs fell by 14,100 with the jobless rate rising from 5.4 per cent to 6.5 per cent;
  • The number of northern Adelaide jobless rose by 2,400 with the jobless rate rising from 7.4 per cent to 8.3 per cent;
  • The number of jobless across metropolitan Adelaide rose by 2,400; and, The unemployment rate for the Barossa-Yorke-Mid North region increased from 4.8 per cent to 5.4 per cent.

“This latest data confirms the extent of South Australia’s deepening employment crisis on Premier Weatherill’s watch,” said Shadow Employment Minister David Pisoni.

“As South Australia continues to experience a dangerous jobs crisis, we are in grave danger of slipping even further behind the rest of the country.

“To create jobs in South Australia we need to lower taxes and reduce red tape to encourage business investment and economic growth.

“The State Liberals highlighted these points during the recent State Election campaign, but Labor has failed to take any action.

“Unless we improve business conditions in South Australia by lowering taxes, reducing red tape and encouraging export growth, South Australian businesses will continue to struggle.”