Will Hodgman

Premier of Tasmania

20 April 2017

Peter Gutwein, Treasurer

Regional unemployment

The Hodgman Liberal Government’s number one priority is jobs, and our Plan has seen Tasmania’s unemployment rate fall to 5.8 per cent, lower than the national average of 5.9 per cent.

Data released by the ABS on Regional Labour Markets data for March 2017 shows that regional unemployment figures are staying steady, or continuing to drop.

With projects being rolled out in the North and North West under the Government’s Northern Economic Stimulus package, as well as projects under Launceston’s $280 million City Deal, hundreds of more jobs will be created in the North of the State.

The unemployment rate for Hobart and the South East sits at 6.0 per cent for the year to March 2017, down 0.2 percent from the same time last year.

Launceston and the North East unemployment rate was placed at 7.2 per cent in the year to March 2017, unchanged from a year earlier.

Unemployment for the West and North West fell 1.0 per cent to 5.8 per cent, and yesterday’s announcement that 100 new Metro buses will be manufactured in the North West will continue to support the local economy and create jobs.

Since the election over 5,200 new jobs have been created, and we will continue to implement our Plan to create more jobs for Tasmanians.

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