Today’s data from the ABS showing jobs growth is welcome news, but challenges persist in Tasmania’s jobs market.
Shadow Treasurer David O’Byrne said the unemployment rate is still the third-highest in the country, and youth unemployment has risen and is the third highest in the country.
“Most of the employment growth has been in part-time work.
“Worryingly, underemployment is the worst in the country at 11 per cent – the only state in double figures. It means people aren’t getting enough work to make ends meet.
“We know that insecure work makes it harder for Tasmanian families to meet rising costs of living.
“Without job security, people worry about paying bills, buying food and have little chance of not just buying, but also renting, a home.”
Mr O’Byrne said Labor is focused on growing secure jobs, and addressing the casualisation of work.
“Peter Gutwein can’t afford to be complacent. Today’s data comes on the heels of data yesterday showing job vacancies are going backwards.
“In the new Premier’s own words, growth in job vacancies indicates that businesses are confident and looking to hire people. What we see here is just the opposite.”