More jobs in re­gional Vic­to­ria means stronger com­mu­ni­ties and more choice for lo­cals, who aren’t forced to move to Mel­bourne in search of work

Em­ploy­ment fig­ures re­main­ing strong across re­gional Vic­to­ria

The Riverine Herald - - NEWS -

EM­PLOY­MENT in Vic­to­ria’s re­gions con­tin­ues to boom.

The re­gional un­em­ploy­ment rate has fallen even fur­ther in the three months to Novem­ber to just 4.4 per cent – the equal low­est rate on record.

Data re­leased by the Aus­tralian Bureau of Statis­tics to­day shows Vic­to­ria’s re­gional un­em­ploy­ment rate is now the low­est in the na­tion – 0.6 per­cent­age points be­low the na­tional av­er­age of 5.1 per cent.

A to­tal of 12,200 new jobs were cre­ated in the three months to Novem­ber in Vic­to­ria’s re­gional ar­eas. This amount is more than any­where else in Aus­tralia.

By com­par­i­son, em­ploy­ment through­out the rest of re­gional Aus­tralia fell dur­ing the same pe­riod.

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jobs in re­gional Vic­to­ria means stronger com­mu­ni­ties and more choice for lo­cals, who aren’t forced to move to Mel­bourne in search of work,” Vic­to­rian Trea­surer Tim Pal­las said. “The Vic­to­rian Gov­ern­ment’s record in­vest­ment in re­gional Vic­to­ria – in trans­port, hos­pi­tals, schools and other vi­tal ser­vices – is de­liv­er­ing ser­vices and jobs for our lo­cal ru­ral towns and cities.”

Dur­ing the first term of the Vic­to­rian Gov­ern­ment, al­most a quar­ter of all re­gional jobs cre­ated in the na­tion were in re­gional Vic­to­ria.

Statewide a to­tal of nearly 427,000 jobs were cre­ated in the first four years of the cur­rent La­bor Gov­ern­ment – with nearly 300,000 of these full­time roles.

“Four years ago, we said we’d get Vic­to­ri­ans back to work no mat­ter where they live – and that’s ex­actly what we’ve done,” min­is­ter for Jobs, In­no­va­tion and Trade Mar­tin Pakula said.

“To­day’s fig­ures show sus­tained job growth, sup­ported by our record in­vest­ments through­out re­gional Vic­to­ria, ben­e­fit­ing all Vic­to­ri­ans.”

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