The Hodgman Liberal Government’s number one priority is jobs.

Today’s ABS employment figures show that there is still a lot of work to do and reinforces the importance of the Government’s unwavering focus on supporting job creation, such as through the $315 million job creation package announced in the Budget.

Since the election the unemployment rate has fallen by over half a per cent, with 4,000 more jobs created. Over the last 12 months, Tasmania has experienced the equal biggest reduction in the unemployment rate among the states and is one of three states to record a reduction in the unemployment rate in trend terms.

It’s encouraging to see that the unemployment rate has been revised down under seven per cent. However, it’s clear that the ABS employment figures have been extremely volatile for a number of months, and should be treated with caution.

Tasmania is now heading in the right direction, our economy is growing, retail trade is at record highs, the building and construction sector is strong and importantly business confidence is high.

It’s critically important now that we consolidate the gains of the past 12 months, and build on the growing momentum.
Jeremy Rockliff, Acting Premier