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Bundaberg Centrelink lines down 2,921 people since 1996

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Bundaberg Centrelink Lines Down 2,921 People Since 1996 Thursday, 27 April 2006

Bundaberg’s Centrelink lines have been almost cut in half since the Coalition came to power in 1996, according to the latest figures released by the Department of Employment and Workplace Relations. Local Federal Member Paul Neville said Bundaberg had recorded 3,059 welfare recipients in March, compared to 3,125 recipients in February. Mr Neville

welcomed the monthly reduction and said the city’s long term trend also underlined its positive direction in terms of jobs growth. “It was to be expected that welfare recipient figures would rise over the Christmas/New Year period - peaking at 3,125 people in February - but the fact that the city has bounced back so quickly is very positive,” Mr Neville said. “The real litmus test of local employment is the longterm outcomes, and Bundaberg’s annual comparisons shows that Coalition Government policies are paying off.” “The city’s annual comparison produces an outstanding result, with a reduction of 160 jobseekers for March 2006 over March 2005, but looking back to when the Coalition came to power shows our progress even more clearly.” “Looking at March 2006 over March 1996, it shows a remarkable fall of 2,921 people.” Bundaberg’s March jobseeker figures since 1996 are: 1996 - 5980 1997 - 5593 1998 - 5621 1999 - 5186 2000 - 4683 2001 - 4341 2002 - 4007 2003 - 3947 2004 - 3595 2005 - 3219 2006 - 3059 “The Centrelink figures for Maryborough, which incorporate welfare recipient numbers from the Burnett hinterland, are also very good for this time of year.” “On the monthly result, the Maryborough figures are down by 49 people since February, and the annual numbers are down by 146 people since March last year.” “That is an outstanding result for the region.” 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 also fell 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.