The unemployment rate in the Barossa/Mid North/Yorke region has almost doubled in 12 months, skyrocketing from 5.2 per cent to 9.5 per cent.
In the same period, 2,300 more South Australians were also unemployed in the region. “In just 12 months, the unemployment rate in the Barossa/Mid North/Yorke region alone has skyrocketed,” said Shadow Minister for Regional Development Steven Griffiths.
“Regional Development Minister and Member for Frome, Geoff Brock, must demand that immediate action is taken by Premier Weatherill and Labor to arrest this jobs decline in South Australia.
“South Australia’s regional unemployment rate exploded by 25 per cent in just 31 days – the highest rate in 14 years and the worst of all states in Australia.
“The number of unemployed South Australians in regional areas jumped to 16,000 in March – also the highest in 14 years.
“What South Australia needs right now is a government that will back business to grow our economy, a government that will cut taxes not increase taxes and a government that will create an economic environment that supports and encourages business growth.
“Immediate action must be taken by Labor to arrest the jobs decline in South Australia – it is clear that Mr Weatherill and Labor cannot rely on a government-led economic recovery to put South Australia back on track.
“South Australia’s regions have been neglected for 12 years under the Weatherill Labor Government and need increased recognition and support.
“Under Premier Weatherill and Labor, South Australia is in the midst of a catastrophic jobs crisis.
“After 12 years of Mr Weatherill and Labor, South Australians deserve better.”