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Labor concerned by rise in unemployment.

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Media Release

Penny Wong Labor Senator for South Australia Shadow Minister for Employment and Workforce Participation, Corporate Governance and Responsibility

Thursday 10 November 2005


Labor is concerned that unemployment has increased for the second month in a row, Shadow Employment Minister, Penny Wong said today.

Today's ABS Labour Force figures show the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate up to 5.2%.

"This second consecutive increase comes while Australian business and industry is crying out for skilled workers.

"It is a symbol of the Howard Government's incompetence that unemployment has increased while employers are desperate for skilled workers."

Senator Wong also expressed concern about teenage unemployment reaching 22.9%, the fifth consecutive monthly increase.

"While John Howard irresponsibly tells teenagers to leave school early, full-time teenage unemployment continues to blow out.

"The Howard Government should start investing in young Australians, instead of telling them to leave school early."

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