Jobs data confirms Government’s Budget fail

Tasmanian Labor
  • Worst state outside Victoria, 10,600 jobs gone
  • Job losses across nine different sectors
  • Promised construction blitz bombs
  • The latest jobs data shows Tasmania is still doing significantly worse than anywhere else in the country except Victoria.

    Despite the Premier continuing to crow about his economic record, the jobs figures tell a very different story with employment down more than 4-percent since March.

    “That’s more than 10,000 jobs gone,” Shadow Treasure David O’Byrne said.

    “Nine different sectors have gone backwards in the past month.

    “Overall since March the worst job losses have being felt in Accommodation and Food services and in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing.

    “Peter Gutwein’s singular focus on Building and Construction in the Budget ignores the fact that nearly half the people who’ve lost their jobs are in hospitality and primary industries.

    “On a positive note, Tasmanian wages have rebounded more strongly than any other state in the past fortnight, but wages are still down by almost 4 percent.

    “And speaking of the Gutwein Government’s construction and infrastructure fails, building approvals data also out today shows a 3.4 percent decline in October compared to the previous month. This was the second biggest fall outside Victoria and is well below the national average.

    “The building industry is clearly at capacity and will not drive the jobs growth as promised.

    “The shortcomings of Peter Gutwein’s visionless Budget are unfortunately becoming clearer by the day.”

    Peter Gutwein doesn’t have a plan for jobs, he only has a plan for unemployment.

    Only Labor’s jobs plan offers the economy-wide recovery Tasmania needs.

    David O’Byrne MP

    Shadow Treasurer

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