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Job figures set worrying trend for 2013

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The Hon SUSSAN LEY MP Federal Member for Farrer Shadow Minister for Childcare and Early Childhood Learning Shadow Minister for Employment Participation

17th January 2013 Media Release For immediate release

Job figures set worrying trend for 2013

The Federal Opposition believes the latest job figures from the ABS paint an extremely worrying trend for the year ahead.

Shadow Minister for Employment Participation Sussan Ley says “take out the traditional spike in part time work leading into Christmas and this would be an absolute disaster for Labor”.

The ABS reports an increase of 16,600 unemployed people to 656,400 in December was partially offset by increased part-time employment, up 8,300 people for the month.

“I expect a large chunk of those part time jobs will disappear again by next month”, Ms Ley said.

“If Labor was installing confidence into the retail and manufacturing sectors you could argue differently, but with more and more red tape and the carbon tax biting deeper, this is far from the case.”

“The Government said a surplus would protect jobs, then that not having a surplus would protect jobs. Today we’re still losing jobs and people are taking longer and longer to find any work.”

“Even the unions predict things under Labor will get worse, with another 60,000 people out of work before the end of the year.”

“Remember, this is the Government that predicted it would create 500,000 jobs, not lose them”, Ms Ley concluded.