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3 April 2007

UNEMLOYMENT DOWN ACROSS THE SOUTH WEST

New statistics show that unemployment has plummeted across the South West as local employer confidence grows.

Federal Member for Wannon, David Hawker, said that Small Area Labour Markets data for the December quarter has highlighted that all of the 12 Statistical Local Areas across the South West recorded a reduction in their unemployment rate over the past 12 months.

“This data, which was released by the Department of Employment and Workplace Relations, shows that strong economic management is leading to new jobs across South West Victoria,” Mr Hawker said.

“Policies such as the workplace relations reforms and Welfare to Work are key ingredients in securing the economic future of rural and regional Australia.”

Mr Hawker said that 7 of the local SLAs recorded an unemployment rate of less than 5.0 per cent.

“Data in the Corangamite, Moyne and Southern Grampians regions is particularly encouraging,” Mr Hawker said.

“Glenelg and Warrnambool have also seen a welcome drop in unemployment over the past year.

“This shows the hard work of the Australian Government in relation to workplace relations is making significant inroads into the legacy of high regional unemployment that we experienced a decade ago.

“The Government is offering an unprecedented level of labour assistance to jobseekers at a time when the economy is crying out for workers.”

Mr Hawker said the Australian Government’s employment and workplace relations reforms are helping create an environment in which all those in rural and regional Australian who have the capacity to work are given an opportunity to work.

Information on the latest data release can be found at: http://www.workplace.gov.au/salm.

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