Rochester job­less num­bers up

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THE unem­ploy­ment rate in the Rochester district is higher than the re­gional Vic­to­rian av­er­age, the lat­est data shows.

The Aus­tralian Bureau of Sta­tis­tics re­leased its labour force data for Novem­ber, show­ing unem­ploy­ment in the Shep­par­ton re­gion — which in­cludes Rochester — climbed slightly to 5.4 per cent.

In con­trast, the re­gional Vic- to­rian unem­ploy­ment rate fell to 5.1 per cent.

The fig­ures for 2016 point to a roller­coaster year when it came to unem­ploy­ment in the Rochester re­gion.

In Jan­uary the rate was as high as 10.1 per cent, in March it was as low as 2.4 per cent.

The Vic­to­rian Gov­ern­ment saw the lat­est fig­ures as good news for the state, cit­ing the 36,000 new jobs cre­ated in re­gional Vic­to­ria since La­bor came to power in Novem­ber 2014.

Vic­to­ria has also been the only state in Aus­tralia to record a rise in full-time em­ploy­ment in the past 12 months.

‘‘These strong job num­bers show that the An­drews La­bor Gov­ern­ment is chang­ing peo­ple’s lives for the bet­ter,’’ Em­ploy­ment Min­is­ter Wade Noo­nan said.

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