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RECORD LOW UNEMPLOYMENT STILL DROPPING Friday, 14 January 2005

Canning MHR Don Randall, welcomed the announcement of unemployment figures which fell to a record 4.4 per cent in Western Australia, down from 5.8 per cent the same time last year.

“This is great news for everyone in the Canning electorate and particularly relevant for young people entering the workforce,” said Mr Randall

“Unemployment continues to fall month by month and we are at our equal lowest rate since the monthly labour force survey began back in February 1978.

“These figures should provide more hope for those who are looking for work and ensure certainty and stability for those already in employment.

Nationally, the unemployment rate fell to 5.1 per cent in December and is now at its lowest level since November 1976.

“Since coming into office in 1996, the Howard Government has worked hard to see the unemployment rate steadily decline from 7.4%. This is in stark contrast to Labor’s 11% high when last in office.

“During this time more than 1.5 million jobs have been created.

“The future continues to look bright for job seekers as indicators continue to point to solid employment gains in the months ahead.

The number of people looking for work decreased by 9,000 in December and is now at this lowest level since April 1990.

“This is yet another example of the Howard Government delivering on its election promises.

“Despite these fantastic results, it is now more important than ever that the Opposition pass workplace relations and participation reforms to enable the Government to lock in even lower unemployment for the benefit of all Australians,“ said Mr Randall.