More Than 280,000 Jobs And Counting

07 December 2017

More than 280,000 jobs have been created in Victoria since the Andrews Labor Government came to office three years ago.

Revised Labour Force data released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) confirms Victoria has created 284,000 new jobs since November 2014 – the highest in the nation in both absolute and percentage terms.

It equates to more than 250 new jobs every day since the Labor Government was elected.

Almost 190,000 of those jobs are full time – again, the highest growth in full time employment of all the states.

Unemployment remains steady at 5.7 per cent, having experienced the biggest decrease in the nation in October, and remains the second lowest unemployment rate in Australia.

The data shows that since the Labor Government was elected, there has been annual average jobs growth of 3.2 per cent, compared to a paltry 1.2 per cent per year achieved under the former Liberal government.

The ABS re-benchmarks Labour Force data once a quarter to ensure the estimates are based on the most up‑to‑date population benchmarks.

Today’s excellent job figures complement an exceptional few days of strong economic data for Victoria.

Earlier this week the ABS reported Victoria’s goods and services export growth is powering along, with a 10.6 per cent annual boost taking total exports to almost $50 billion in the year to the September quarter.

Meanwhile, the ABS yesterday confirmed Victoria’s economy is booming, with state final demand growth the strongest in the nation at 4.7 per cent over the year to September 2017.

Quotes attributable to Treasurer Tim Pallas

“With jobs growth and state final demand the strongest in the nation, Victoria yet again takes centre stage for its prosperous and progressive economy.”

“In three years, we have created more than 280,000 jobs and an unprecedented pipeline of infrastructure projects to maintain employment momentum.”

Quote attributable to Minister for Industry and Employment Ben Carroll

“We're getting on with delivering for Victorian job seekers and building the health, education and transport infrastructure our state needs.”

Reviewed 19 August 2020

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