Will Hodgman

Premier of Tasmania



1 August 2019

Peter Gutwein, Treasurer

Labor cannot be trusted on Tasmanian jobs

Today, Rebecca White and Labor confirmed they do not have a single economic policy other than to talking down Tasmania’s growing economy.

Under the Hodgman majority Liberal Government, Tasmania has seen a dramatic turnaround in economic performance. For the first time in almost 15 years our economy is the strongest growing in the nation and this week Commsec reinforced this by confirming our best economic performance in a decade.

Tasmanians have not forgotten that under the former Labor-Green Government, 10,000 Tasmanians lost their jobs, the state-wide unemployment rate at one point hit 8.6 per cent and our state was plunged into recession.

Today, there are more than 12,500 additional Tasmanians in work than when we came to office, including;

  • 3,000 additional jobs in the North;
  • 1,800 additional jobs in the North West;
  • 7,100 more women employed;
  • 1,400 more young Tasmanians employed;
  • 800 fewer long term unemployed Tasmanians; and
  • The unemployment rate is down 0.8 percentage points.

But we know there is more to do, that’s why the 2019-20 State Budget delivers record investments in infrastructure, health and education which will underpin the creation of around 10,000 jobs over the next four years.

These figures show that the Hodgman majority Liberal Government’s Plan to maintain this momentum is working.



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