South Australia has retained its unenviable position as having the highest unemployment rate in the nation, according to the latest ABS data released today.
SA recorded an unemployment rate of 7.9 per cent last month.
The unemployment rate for 15-24 year olds also increased last month to 15.6 per cent.
"It is concerning for future job prospects that trend unemployment continues to increase," said Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas.
"These figures are terrible news for many South Australians struggling to find a job, particularly as the worst impacts of the Holden closure are yet to be reflected in the figures.
"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 concede that whatever they have been doing for 13 long years just hasn’t worked. It is time for a change in economic policy and direction."
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.
"Improving business conditions is the only sustainable means of growing South Australia’s stagnant jobs market."