The rate of jobs disappearing from regional South Australia even before the slated closure of mines and power stations is extremely concerning, according to the State Liberals.
Last month, the SA Outback region lost 1,000 jobs, the Barossa, Yorke, Mid-North region lost 1,500 jobs, Greater Adelaide region lost 1,100 jobs and the South-East region lost 1,700 jobs.
"What is concerning is that these unemployment figures in the Outback and Mid-North regions are occurring before the closure of the Port Augusta power stations and Leigh Creek coal mine," said Shadow Minister for Employment David Pisoni.
"We know that these closures will also have a negative impact for other jobs in the region.
"Today’s alarming regional unemployment figures are further evidence that South Australia is in the midst of a dangerous jobs crisis.
"It is becoming clearer every day that South Australia needs jobs creation now, not in a few years like the Weatherill Labor Government is talking about.
"It’s time for the Weatherill Labor Government to swallow its pride and start adopting the job creating measures proposed by the State Liberals."
The State Liberals have proposed:
- Bringing forward planned Stamp Duty relief to take effect this year;
- Committing to reducing Payroll Tax;
- Slashing Emergency Services Levy bills by reversing the $90 million ESL hike announced in the 2014-15 State Budget;
- Commencing building the Northern Connector road;
- Finalising an investigation regarding the Strzelecki Track upgrade; and,
- Creating a state-based Productivity Commission.
"To create jobs in South Australia we need to lower taxes and reduce red tape to encourage business investment and economic growth," said Mr Pisoni.
"Improving business conditions is the only sustainable means of growing South Australia’s stagnant jobs market."