Victoria continues to lead the nation in jobs growth, with the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) today confirming the highest monthly growth in job creation among the states.
For the month of April, there were 18,600 new jobs created in Victoria, representing nearly half of all new jobs created across the nation.
In the year to April, Victoria has piled on 115,600 jobs – more than all other states combined – as it reaps the rewards of a healthy and industrious economy spurred on by solid government investment in infrastructure.
Since the Andrews Labor Government was elected in November 2014, nearly 240,000 jobs have been created – with responsible fiscal management and a strong infrastructure pipeline creating opportunities for Victorians across the state.
Victoria’s participation rate – the amount of people looking for work – is now at 66.1 per cent, its highest point since January 2011, as more people spurred on by a confident and strong economy seek to enter the labour market.
There are now also more women entering the jobs market than ever before in Victoria, with a record participation rate of 60.4 per cent.
Quotes attributable to Treasurer Tim Pallas
“Today’s numbers again confirm that Victoria is the job creating state in the nation, with more than 250 jobs being created every single day since the Andrews Labor Government was elected in November 2014.”
“In the past year alone, more jobs have been created in Victoria than the rest of the nation combined. That’s why we can again call Victoria the jobs state.”
Quotes attributable to Minister for Industry and Employment Wade Noonan
“We’re backing business, building infrastructure, and putting people first to ensure the job market in Victoria continues to thrive.”
“From apprentices to highly-skilled workers – our focus is on creating, protecting and retaining jobs.”