Unemployment crisis engulfs South Australia

The State Liberals are deeply concerned by today’s shocking spike in unemployment with another 5,700 South Australians joining the dole queue in the last month, driving the rate of unemployment to 8.2 per cent.

"Today’s alarming unemployment figures are further evidence that South Australia is in the midst of a dangerous jobs crisis," said Shadow Minister for Employment David Pisoni.

"South Australia is careering towards double digit unemployment and the Weatherill Labor Government is clueless as to how to turn the economy around and create new jobs.

"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 swallow its pride and start adopting the job creating measures proposed by the State Liberals."

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.

"There are now 72,000 South Australians facing the trauma of being unemployed – the highest figure in 20 years.

"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."