Total and full-time job creation in regional Victoria leads the nation, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) confirmed today.
ABS data shows regional Victoria’s unemployment rate fell to 5.4 per cent (three-month average) in October, below the national rate of 5.7 per cent.
In the past twelve months, there have been almost 35,000 new regional jobs created, with Victoria the only state to have recorded a rise in full time employment in that time – consistent with the strong economic growth that Victoria is experiencing.
Bendigo, Geelong and the Latrobe-Gippsland regions all recorded falls in their average three-month unemployment rate.
The unemployment rate in the Latrobe-Gippsland region was 7.6 per cent (three-month average), down from 8.5 per cent three months ago - with 5,400 people finding work during the past three months.
Employment in the northwest region increased by 3,500 persons compared with three months ago, and 11,300 people compared with the same time last year.
In Ballarat, employment in the region increased by 1,700 people compared with three months ago, and 3,400 people compared with the same time last year.
Overall, Victoria’s jobs growth remains the best in the nation. Since the Andrews Labor Government was elected in November 2014, more than 184,000 jobs have been created in Victoria – 93,200 of them full time.
Quotes attributable to Treasurer Tim Pallas
“As we have for the last two years, the Andrews Labor Government continues to deliver the things that matter for people in regional and rural Victoria – growing a stronger economy and creating more jobs.”
“Full-time job creation in regional Victoria is the best in Australia, which reflects the Labor Government’s work to create the best opportunities for all Victorians, no matter where they live.”
Quotes attributable to Minister for Employment Wade Noonan
“These numbers don’t just reflect promises kept or runs on the board – they show that the Andrews Labor Government is changing people’s lives for the better.”
“We continue to deliver on the things that matter most to people – investing in Victoria and creating jobs and opportunities.”
Reviewed 19 August 2020