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Western Victoria's unemployment rate drops again.



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Federal Member for Wannon

Hamilton Office 190 Gray St, HAMILTON VIC 3300 Warrnambool Office 73 Kepler St WARRNAMBOOL VIC 3280 Freecall 1300 131 692 E David.Hawker.MP@aph.gov.au W www.davidhawker.com.au

October 5, 2007

WESTERN VICTORIA’S UNEMPLOYMENT RATE DROPS AGAIN

The number of people working in Western Victoria is on the rise.

Figures released yesterday by the Department of Employment and Workplace Relations show the rate of unemployment in the Wannon electorate dropped by .1 per cent in the June 2007 quarter to 5.6 per cent.

The unemployment rate in the electorate was 5.7 per cent at the end of the March 2007 quarter.

Federal Member for Wannon David Hawker said the new figures reaffirmed that good economic management was helping increase job prospects in Western Victoria.

“A drop in unemployment rates proves that locals are finding it easier to gain employment,” Mr Hawker said.

“And it also indicates our region is benefiting from the Australian Government’s workplace relations reforms which have already had a huge impact on the legacy of high unemployment that was common in regional areas 10 years ago.”

Western Victoria’s rate of unemployment is still lower than 11 years ago, when it sat at 6.0 per cent.

“I am thrilled that the Australian Government, through responsible economic management, industrial relations reforms and targeted regional programs has been able to assist local jobseekers find employment, despite the challenges of the ongoing drought.”

Since the introduction of the Australian Government’s workplace reforms, more than 360,000 jobs have been created, more than 84 per cent of which have been full-time positions.

“It has never been a better time for Australian job seekers to break the cycle of welfare dependency and secure a job,” Mr Hawker said.

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