Labor’s army of unemployed

“The Weatherill Labor Government’s failed economic policies have created an army of unemployed as South Australia’s dangerous job crisis deepens,” said Shadow Minister for Employment, Skills and Training.

“South Australia’s 7.4 per cent unemployment rate is the highest in Australia and South Australia’s highest since 2001 because the Weatherill Labor Government imposes the highest business taxes in Australia.

“The Weatherill Labor Government’s jobs killing tax regime is creating a trail of misery across State with more than 64,000 South Australians left to survive on the dole.

“All sectors of the South Australian economy are struggling, including exports which have declined in real terms since Labor came to office.

“The Weatherill Labor Government’s tax and spend policies have come at the expense of private sector job creation leaving South Australia with the highest unemployment rate in Australia.

“For South Australia to have an unemployment rate 1.4 percentage points above the national average, above even Tasmania’s unemployment rate, after the Weatherill Labor Government’s debt binge is alarming in the extreme.

“In the last three months South Australia’s jobless rate rose from 6.3 per cent to 6.9 per cent to a disastrous 7.4 per cent today.

“South Australia now has the highest number of unemployed since 1998 with 14,000 jobs lost since the 2013-14 budget and more than 64,000 South Australians now unemployed.

“Premier Weatherill needs to have the courage to admit he has the wrong policies in place with unemployment increasing by 45 per cent since he became Premier.

“In fact South Australia’s jobless rate has jumped from 5.2 per cent to 7.4 per cent since Mr Weatherill became Premier.

“The Minister for Employment Gail Gago needs to detail exactly how the Weatherill Labor Government is going to create the 100,000 new jobs Labor promised to create in 2010.”

“Time and again Labor Minister’s reaffirm the pledge to meet this target despite South Australia’s ever rising unemployment rate,” said Mr Pisoni.