Un­em­ploy­ment hits hard

Sur­vey finds six in 100 Black­town res­i­dents are liv­ing day-to-day with­out a job

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Marissa Ge­or­gopou­los

THE Black­town re­gion has one of the state’s high­est un­em­ploy­ment rates, ac­cord­ing to new fig­ures from the Aus­tralian Bureau of Sta­tis­tics.

Oc­to­ber data taken from the Labour Force Sur­vey shows six in every 100 res­i­dents from Black­town, many from the Mt Druitt area, are liv­ing day-to-day with­out a job.

The un­em­ploy­ment rate for Black­town is 6.2 per cent, a stark con­trast to the east­ern sub­urbs’ fig­ure of 2.9.

Chi­fley fed­eral La­bor MP Ed Hu­sic, who is the Op­po­si­tion spokesman on em­ploy­ment ser­vices, work­force par­tic­i­pa­tion and fu­ture of work, said the peo­ple he rep­re­sented “want to work and can’t”. He said Aus­tralia had record-low un­der-em­ploy­ment rates.

“From time to time peo­ple say the only jobs on of­fer are part-time jobs, but they don’t have part-time bills,” Mr Hu­sic said.

“This shows we need a fair dinkum jobs plan from the Turn­bull Gov­ern­ment; they haven’t been able to come up with an­swers as to why the bulk of jobs cre­ated this year have been part-time jobs.”

Mr Hu­sic said job-cre­at­ing in­fra­struc­ture was nec­es­sary and the pro­posed M9 (outer Syd­ney or­bital) mo­tor­way was a pri­or­ity.

“We would see not just one Syd­ney busi­ness park rolled out, we could see five or six, and the job im­pact in an area ex­pected to grow rapidly would be mas­sive,” he said.

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