The Andrews Labor Government’s continued investment in the Victorian economy has seen strong jobs growth in regional Victoria – with 17,100 extra people in work compared to three months ago.
For May, Australian Bureau of Statistics data saw regional Victoria record the strongest increase in both total and full-time employment during the past three months, with full-time jobs increasing by 4,300 people.
Geelong (9,100 people) and Bendigo (4,400 people) are leading regional Victoria with increasing levels of job creation.
Regional full-time employment is now up by 16,300 people compared with the three months to November 2014.
Victoria’s regional unemployment rate also fell to 5.7 per cent in May – well below the national regional average of 6.2 per cent – and down from 6.5 per cent three months ago.
Among the states, Victoria has the equal second lowest regional unemployment rate.
Quotes attributable to Treasurer Tim Pallas
“We’ve created almost three times as many jobs in regional Victoria in one quarter than the former Coalition Government did in four years.”
“The Andrews Labor Government has continued to invest in regional Victoria with this year’s Budget delivering the highest infrastructure investment on record.”
Quotes attributable to Minister for Industry and Employment Wade Noonan
“The Andrews Labor Government is investing in regional Victoria to create job opportunities and drive economic growth right across the state.”
Reviewed 19 August 2020