The latest ABS Labour Force data for September shows we have reached a new record high for the number of Tasmanians ever employed, at 263,100, in seasonally adjusted terms.
That’s 28,500 more Tasmanians employed than when we first came to Government, and once again confirms our economy is strong and jobs are continuing to be created, despite a global pandemic.
Employment in our State grew by 0.4 per cent in September, which was the second highest employment growth in the nation, and in stark contrast to the national fall of 1.1 per cent.
Pleasingly, female employment in Tasmania grew by 2,400 in the month and the unemployment rate fell 0.7 percentage points to 4.8 per cent.
While this latest data is extremely positive and encouraging, we know COVID-19 remains an ever-present threat to our way of life as we continue to manage our recovery.
That’s why the 2021-22 Tasmanian Budget continues to deliver our plan to grow our economy and workforce to secure Tasmania’s future.
With the highest growth in job vacancies in the nation, we are making key investments in education, skills and TasTAFE to ensure even more Tasmanians can participate in our growing economy, while also putting record funding into essential services, including health and housing.