The latest ANZ jobs data released today show there were just 151 jobs advertised in South Australia per week in January – that’s a 17 per cent decline in one month and a 60 per cent fall over the last 12 months.
South Australia recorded the greatest fall in newspaper job advertisements of all states and territories in Australia during the last 12 months.
South Australia now has the fewest number of job advertisements of all Australian states.
“With the resources sector shedding jobs at an alarming rate and the car component industry under ever intensifying pressure these latest job advertisements are very bad news for South Australian job seekers,” said Shadow Minister for Employment David Pisoni.
“Unfortunately the Weatherill Government is bereft of ideas as to how to generate employment growth in the struggling South Australian economy.
“In November and December, 13,900 South Australians lost their full-time job. “There are now fewer South Australians in jobs than when Labor promised to create 100,000 new jobs five years ago.
“As South Australia’s jobs crisis continues to deepen it is no wonder Premier Weatherill is creating distractions by talking about time shifts and nuclear power.
“Today’s figures show as other states economies are improving South Australia has slipped even further behind the rest of the country.
“To create jobs in South Australia we need to lower taxes and reduce red tape to encourage business investment and economic growth.
“Unless we improve business conditions in South Australia by lowering taxes, reducing red tape and encouraging export growth, South Australian businesses will continue to struggle.
“Right now, there is no light at the end of the tunnel for South Australia’s growing queues of unemployed and underemployed workers.”