The State Liberals have labelled Minister for Employment Gail Gago’s response to South Australia’s desperate unemployment situation as delusional.
“To claim that a jump in the unemployment rate of 0.6 per cent in a month is a sign of a strengthening labour market is a gross insult to those South Australians locked out of the jobs market,” said Shadow Minister for Education David Pisoni.
“To be pleased that South Australia’s participation rate is steady at a dismal 62 per cent is equally disingenuous. The national labor market participation rate is 64.6 per cent.
“Had South Australia achieved the national participation rate our unemployment rate would be even worse.
“The Minister’s Orwellian attempt at deception highlights that this tired Labor Government has no idea how to turn around South Australia’s dire unemployment situation.”
South Australia now has the highest unemployment rate on the mainland after a disastrous jump in the unemployment rate from 6.2 per cent to 6.8 per cent with the loss of 4,500 jobs in May.
The fact that 4,800 jobs were lost nationally in May whilst South Australia lost 4,500 highlights just how dire the situation in South Australia is.
Since last year’s budget almost 20,000 jobs have disappeared from South Australia as jobs and opportunity flee the state.
“Premier Weatherill must detail how he is going to deliver the 100,000 new jobs Labor promised would be created by February 2016,” said Mr Pisoni.
“Since the Labor Government promised 100,000 new jobs in 2010 South Australia has actually 800 fewer jobs and an extra 18,000 unemployed.
“South Australia’s jobless rate has risen from 4.8 per cent to 6.8 per cent since Labor made its 100,000 jobs promise.
“In fact, SA’s jobless rate jumped from 5.2 per cent to 6.8 per cent since Mr Weatherill became Premier.”