With South Australia’s unemployment rate hitting 7.4 per cent, the highest in the nation, the Weatherill Labor Government must now drop the pretense that it will create 100,000 new jobs by 2016.
“The Weatherill Labor Government is playing a cruel hoax on job seekers by pretending it is still committed to its pledge of creating 100,000 new jobs by 2016,” said Shadow Minister for Employment, Training and Skills David Pisoni.
Yesterday Acting Minister for Employment Susan Close became the latest Labor Minister to recommit to the 100,000 jobs target.
“The job pledge is more than a broken promise it is an ongoing insult to the hopes and aspirations of the 64,000 South Australians who are currently unemployed,” said Mr Pisoni.
“In the 52 months since the Labor Government pledged to create 100,000 new jobs it has delivered just 5,600 jobs, which equates to a dismal 100 new jobs a month.
“To deliver its pledge to create 100,000 jobs by 2016 Labor must create 4,700 jobs a month, every month.
“Accelerating job losses in the automotive industry and the Weatherill Government’s own plans to cut thousands of jobs from the public sector make the target even more fanciful.
“The fact the Weatherill Government will deliver just $60 million of its promise $393 million automotive industry transformation package will further reduce the prospect of creating new jobs in South Australia.
“South Australia is now mired in an ever deepening jobs crisis that the Weatherill Government has no idea how to turn around.
“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,
“Premier Weatherill needs to admit it’s a broken promise and recognise he has the wrong policies in place to create new jobs.”