Shadow Treasurer Scott Bacon said today’s unemployment figures remain a real concern.

“2200 jobs have disappeared in Tasmania since Christmas and half of those positions have been full time,” Mr Bacon said.

“This data has to sound alarm bells for the Liberals.

“The participation rate continues to trend downwards which means Tasmanians are giving up looking for work and dropping out of the labour market altogether.”

Mr Bacon said the Government needs to stimulate employment growth, particularly in regional areas.

“The Liberals have no excuses, they were handed more than half a billion dollars in extra GST revenue in the last budget and export conditions have improved markedly.

“They need to step up to the mark and show leadership when it comes to job creation.

“The Liberals have been too quick to hand over responsibility to the private sector, expecting business to do all the hard work.”
Scott Bacon MP Shadow Treasurer