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Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Long Term Unemployment Plummets - Lara Giddings, MHA - Tasmanian Government Media Releases

Long Term Unemployment Plummets - Lara Giddings, MHA - Tasmanian Government Media Releases

The number of Tasmanians in long-term unemployment has plummeted by more than a quarter over the past year.

Minister for Economic Development Lara Giddings said figures released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) reveal that over the past year the number of Tasmanians who have been unemployed for more than 52 weeks fell by 26.9 per cent.

“This means that around 1,300 Tasmanians who this time last year had been unemployed for a year or more are now in jobs,” Ms Giddings said.

“Once again Tasmania leads the nation which had a fall in the national long-term unemployment rate of just 18.3 per cent. This is not surprising considering in December we led the nation in jobs growth and now we see this reflected in the fall in long-term unemployment.

“This is great news for our State, and particularly great news for those Tasmanians who were unemployed for so long and are now in jobs.

“The number of long-term unemployed in Tasmania is at its lowest level, in year average terms, since the current records on long-term unemployment started in September 1997.

“Today’s ABS data also show that Tasmania’s employment in the 12 months to December 2005 has increased in all regions.

“The Mersey-Lyell region experienced the largest growth with an 8.9 per cent increase over the past 12 months, meaning 4,000 extra Tasmanians have found a job over the past year.

“In the past year, employment in the Southern region rose by 1.5 per cent, and in the Northern region by 2.1 per cent.

“This means an extra 1,600 Tasmanians in work in the Southern region and an extra 1,400 Tasmanians in jobs in the Northern region.

Ms Giddings said that while these results are welcome and Tasmania’s unemployment rate continues to fall, the Lennon Labor Government is working hard to keep the positive momentum going.

“The Howard Liberal Government claims it will create jobs by slashing the wages and conditions of Tasmanian workers.

“But the best way to create jobs for Tasmanians is to manage the Tasmanian economy well so that businesses have the confidence to invest and employ more Tasmanians.

“As these latest employment figures show, the Lennon Labor Government is providing the sound economic management and Tasmanian businesses are hiring more and more Tasmanians.” Ms Giddings said.

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