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Victoria’s regional jobs growth a sign of strength

General Portfolio Press Releases
Employment in regional Victoria continued to grow with more than 21,000 jobs created in the three months to June, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) figures, Acting Treasurer Gordon Rich-Phillips said today.

“These 21,000 new jobs in regional Victoria have been proudly supported by the Victorian Coalition Government’s economic strategy of building for growth,” Mr Rich-Phillips said.

“Regional Victoria’s unemployment rate was 5.3 per cent over the three months to June, below the Australian regional average of 6 per cent. This compares to the 6.3 per cent unemployment rate that was left by the former Brumby-Labor Government.

“Victoria also recorded the second lowest regional unemployment rate of all states, bettered only by resource-rich Western Australia (5.1 per cent),” Mr Rich-Phillips said.

In the three months to June 2013, employment in regional Victoria grew by 2.9 per cent (21,200 persons) compared to the three months to March 2013. All regional areas within Victoria experienced growth in employment in the three months.

The rise in employment over the June quarter across Victoria was driven by solid growth in the education industry, which increased by 12,200 workers (5.4 per cent) and in health care and social assistance, which rose by 9,300 workers (2.7 per cent).

Over the year, the increase in employment was driven largely by growth in the Goulburn-Ovens-Murray and Central-Highlands-Wimmera regions.

“The Coalition Government’s economic strategy is to build for growth and job creation. We are investing in major infrastructure in our regional cities and towns through the $1 billion Regional Growth Fund,” Mr Rich-Phillips said.

“Statewide, the Coalition Government’s infrastructure investment this year alone is expected to be a record $6.1 billion.

“The former Labor Government left a regional unemployment rate of 6.3 per cent and have no credibility when it comes to job creation. Labor will always put their union mates first and Victoria second,” Mr Rich-Phillips said.

Source: Gordon Rich-Phillips - Acting Treasurer

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