Unemployment hits hard
Survey finds six in 100 Blacktown residents are living day-to-day without a job
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.