Tasmania’s jobs crisis deepens

Tasmanian Labor
  • Jobs down, wages plummet
  • Peter Gutwein has no plan to get Tasmania back to work
  • Traditional industries hit hard, regional economies suffer
  • The Liberal government cannot continue to ignore worrying jobs data that shows the recession is cutting deeply in Tasmania.

    Shadow Treasurer David O’Byrne said new jobs data out today shows jobs and wages in Tasmania continue to fall.

    “At a time when 38,000 Tasmanians are relying on JobSeeker to keep their heads above water, Peter Gutwein has done nothing to demonstrate that he has a plan to get Tasmania working again.

    “Today’s data shows around 2600 more jobs have been lost in the past fortnight alone, and 11,600 have gone since March. That’s the second highest rate of jobs losses after Victoria.

    “And there’s bad news for those who continue to hold onto a job, with wages falling nearly 5% since March, which is the biggest fall in the nation.

    “The industries hardest hit are some of those that our regional communities rely on for economic stimulus including agriculture, forestry, fishing and mining.

    “Labor celebrates every job that has returned since the peak of the pandemic and we celebrate every business that has been able to survive.

    “A government that is more focused on patting itself on the back than actually doing the hard work jeopardise our state’s recovery.

    “Peter Gutwein’s continued refusal to acknowledge the state of Tasmania’s jobs market shows this government has no plan for jobs.

    “Only Labor has a plan for jobs. Labor’s COVID-19 Recovery Package sets out a plan to get Tasmanians back into jobs and help those hardest hit by the pandemic.”

    David O’Byrne Shadow Treasurer

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