Today’s ABS Vacancy Report figures show the number of jobs available in Tasmania has increased.

Online jobs vacancies increased in October 2014 to be 11.4 per cent higher than one year earlier.

The largest increases over the past year were for machinery operators and driver positions, up 22.2 per cent, and labourers, up 17.4 per cent.

At the same time, the number of job seekers receiving income support in Tasmania decreased by 2.1 per cent compared to the same time last year.

This is more welcome news on the jobs front and follows figures showing 3,000 jobs have been created since the election of a majority Liberal Government, with unemployment queues the shortest they’ve been in 18 months.

This positive jobs growth is reflected in other areas with business confidence the highest in the nation and retail trade at a record high.

We know there is still a lot of work to be done but today’s figures are pleasing and another sign the Liberal Government is on the right track and our long-term Plan is working.
Peter Gutwein, Treasurer