New jobs data promising sign for Tasmania

Peter Gutwein,Premier

The Tasmanian Liberal Government is delivering our plan to rebuild a stronger Tasmania, and the most recent ABS labour force data is further evidence that our plan is working.

Despite the pandemic’s devastating impact on jobs, the data shows that there are now more Tasmanians employed than this time last year, demonstrating our sensible and measured recovery plan.

Today’s statistics show that employment grew by 2,300 jobs in the month of August. This means 15,800 Tasmanians have now returned to work since the height of the pandemic’s impact in May. Our unemployment rate also remains the lowest of any state which is more evidence of our cautious optimism in Tasmania.

Our Construction Blitz of $3.1 billion is stimulating demand and supporting confidence, and the August NAB Business Survey found Tasmania continues to have the best business conditions in the nation.

We know a strong construction sector builds confidence and flows over into other parts of our economy, but we know that more needs to be done.

That’s why we have invested $7.5 million into our “Make Yourself at Home” campaign and earlier this week, announced $60 million in low-interest loans to support business recovery and growth.

Tasmanians can be assured we will work harder every day to restore business confidence, and to grow our state to be the economic powerhouse it was before the pandemic.

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