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Number of Australians receiving unemployment benefits falls to 15 year low.



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MARISE PAYNE Senator for New South Wales

Number of Australians receiving unemployment benefits falls to 15 year low

26 April 2006

Liberal Senator for New South Wales, Marise Payne, today welcomed the release of figures by the Minister for Workforce Participation, Dr Sharman Stone, which show the number of people receiving unemployment benefits has fallen to a 15 year low.

"The number of people receiving unemployment benefits has fallen to the lowest level in 15 years," Senator Payne said today.

The latest figures show that nationally the number of recipients of unemployment benefits in March 2006 decreased by 29,799 people, a fall of 5%, since March 2005.

The number of long-term jobseekers in March 2006 has fallen by 7.4% from 231,336 in March 2005 to 214,293 and the number of short-term jobseekers decreased by 4.8% from 172,254 in March 2005 to 164,016.

"The Coalition Government is committed to helping any Australian who wants to work find a job. We have created over 1.7 million new jobs since 1996, of which over half have been full-time jobs," Senator Payne said.

"The fact remains that in the last six months the Coalition Government has created more jobs than Labor created in their last six years of Government. The strong economic management of the Coalition Government has been paramount in getting unemployed Australians into work and we are dedicated to ensuring this continues.

"On 1 July 2006, the Government's new welfare to work reforms will be introduced. The reforms aim to help over 2.5 Million Australians of working age, currently on welfare, to prepare for a part time or full time return to the workforce," Senator Payne said.

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For more information contact Ben Roberts on (02) 9893 5151 or ben.roberts@aph.gov.au