South Australia has retained its unenviable position of recording the worst newspaper job ads performance of all states and territories, according to the latest ANZ Job Ads data released yesterday.
In the past 12 months, the number of SA weekly newspaper job ads fell by a staggering 58 per cent – the worst of all states and territories.
In the month of August 2014 alone, the number of SA weekly newspaper job ads fell by 9.9 per cent, compared to a national increase of 1.8 per cent – again, the worst performance of all states and territories.
“Premier Jay Weatherill must explain why Labor has delivered the worst job opportunities in Australia after 12 years of his Government,” said Shadow Employment Minister David Pisoni.
“According to a Federal Government internet job ad index, even South Australian internet job ads are at half the levels they were eight years ago.
“These latest figures confirm the ongoing employment crisis facing South Australians on Premier Weatherill’s watch.
“Under the Weatherill Labor Government, South Australia has the highest taxes in the nation, the worst performing workers’ compensation scheme in the nation and low consumer and business confidence.
“In the last four months South Australia’s jobless rate has risen from 6.3 per cent to 7.2 per cent.
“The Weatherill Labor Government simply fails to understand the need to create an environment that encourages and supports business growth in our state.
“It is clear that South Australian businesses have no confidence in this Labor Government and jobseekers are paying the price.
“After 12 years of Labor, South Australians deserve better.”