State Budget kills off Labor’s jobs target

The Weatherill Labor Government has effectively abandoned its pledge to create 100,000 jobs by 2016 in the State Budget.

The State Budget forecasts the creation of just 15,000 jobs over the next two years with employment growth of 1 per cent in 2014/15 and 1.25 per cent in 2015/16.

“On Treasurer Koutsantonis’ own budget figures South Australia will be 85,000 jobs short of his Government’s jobs growth target in 2016,” says Shadow Employment Minister David Pisoni.

This comes after the Premier Weatherill reaffirming his commitment to the jobs target in Parliament:

“Yes, that is our intention (to create 100,000 jobs by 2016).” (Hansard, 11/04/13)

“This is a disastrous broken promise from the Weatherill Labor.Government that is hurting tens of thousands of South Australians.

“The latest Department of Employment jobs figures show the unemployment situation is particularly bad in the north and south of Adelaide with unemployment running at 7.9% and 7.4% respectively.

“Since Labor’s promise at the 2010 election to create 100,000 new jobs, SA has lost 800 jobs.

“Since last year’s State Budget, South Australia has lost almost 20,000 jobs at huge cost to so many South Australians families.

“The Weatherill Labor must now create 4,800 jobs a month to meet its 100,000 new jobs promise by 2016..

“South Australians have been betrayed by the Weatherill Labor Government and its rhetoric about job creation.

“The Department of Employment figures also show that South Australia has the worst jobless rate of all regions in the nation.

“SA’s regional unemployment rate skyrocketed from 6.1 per cent to 8 per cent in May, with almost 4,000 more unemployed workers in the regions.

“In Regional Development Minister Geoff Brock’s own heartland, the unemployment rate jumped to a dangerously high at 9.3 per cent having been 5.8 per cent a year ago,” said Shadow Employment Minister David Pisoni.