Peter Gutwein can’t ignore reality of job losses

Tasmanian Labor
  • Peter Gutwein is cherry picking the economic data
  • 2,200 more Tasmanians forced out of work
  • A quick recovery not guaranteed
  • As Tasmania’s border re-opens to safe states we can be hopeful of the opportunity for the state to begin its recovery from the recession.

    As we know, Tasmania’s economic fortunes are very much tied to tourism and our state is more reliant on the tourist dollar than any other in the country.

    But Labor Leader Rebecca White said we cannot take the recovery for granted.

    “Premier Peter Gutwein’s claims that the economy has already turned around are premature at best, and at worst they are utterly misleading,” Ms White said.

    “Peter Gutwein cannot ignore the reality of dramatic job losses that are continuing across many key industries and sectors including agriculture, forestry and fisheries.

    “2,200 Tasmanian workers who’ve lost their jobs since August would have a different view on the state of the economy than Peter Gutwein.

    “Any reading of the unemployment data shows that the hard work of creating more jobs for Tasmania has not yet begun, with the unemployment rate climbing a full percentage point in the past month to 7.4%.

    “We are not out of the woods yet and Peter Gutwein would do well to start thinking about how he will create jobs for the future rather than talking about what’s happened in the past.”

    Rebecca White MP

    Labor Leader

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