Peter Gutwein

Premier of Tasmania

23 March 2021

Peter Gutwein, Premier

Clear plan to secure Tasmania’s future

My Government has a clear plan to create jobs and get Tasmanians back into work, and our plan is working to secure Tasmania’s future.

Since the height of the pandemic’s impacts in May - when just over 19,000 jobs were lost - 21,500 jobs have come back, more than the number of jobs lost.

Our unemployment rate is sitting at 5.7 per cent, the second lowest rate of all the states and lower than the national rate.

In February alone, 3800 more Tasmanians found work, with employment growing by 1.5 per cent - the highest growth rate in the country, and more than double the national employment growth.

At the same time, job vacancies grew 13.3 per cent in February, the highest growth in the nation, to be 52 per cent higher than February last year - again the highest growth in the nation.

And because businesses are confident, they are investing and creating job opportunities, meaning our participation rate continues to grow.

But despite these great results, we know that more needs to be done to continue the momentum and secure Tasmania’s future, which is why the Government has accepted all 52 recommendations of the Premier’s Economic and Social Recovery Advisory Committee.

We are getting on with the job to support more Tasmanians into work with our $20.5 million jobs support package announced last week, underpinned by our landmark $5 billion infrastructure program which will support 25,000 jobs over four years.

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