South Australia’s crippling unemployment crisis is continuing with internet job vacancies falling by a further 1 per cent in April 2014.
In a damning indictment of the Weatherill Government’s job creation policies, Federal Government figures show that South Australia’s performance was twice as bad as Tasmania and five times worse than the national performance.
“Job vacancies in South Australia have continued their alarming slide under Premier Weatherill and Labor”, said Shadow Employment Minister David Pisoni.
“Jobs vacancies available on the internet are at half the level of eight years ago and South Australia has the worst performance of all the states over this eight year period.
“Under Jay Weatherill and Labor, South Australians are enduring the highest taxes in the nation, the worst performing workers compensation scheme and the worst small business conditions and small business confidence in the nation.
“Red tape and high business taxes are strangling employers’ ability to create jobs and denying the unemployed the opportunity to work.
“Of particular concern for regional South Australians, job vacancies in Port Augusta and Eyre Peninsula fell 10 per cent in the past 12 months and vacancies in the Yorke Peninsula and Clare Valley by 2.3 per cent over the same period.
“Premier Weatherill is failing to encourage business investment and provide an environment of confidence for economic growth and job creation in South Australia “After 12 years of Mr Weatherill and a tired, divided Labor, South Australians deserve better.”