Rochester jobless numbers up
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.