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Federal initiatives creating jobs in the Hunter.

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Thursday, 10 August 2000

Confirmation came today on the success that the Federal Government is having in creating jobs, with the release of figures from the Department of Family and Community Services and Australian Bureau of Statistics.

The number of people receiving Newstart Allowance and Youth Allowance in the Hunter has dropped, with a 4.9% fall in Newcastle alone.

The figures from the Department of Family and Community Services shows there are 2,628 people receiving the allowances in Newcastle in July - a drop of 134 from the previous month.

The Department has also recorded similar falls in Maitland, Cessnock, Charlestown and Wallsend.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics has also released figures today that show Australia's unemployment rate has fallen to a ten year low, at 6.3%. NSW has the lowest unemployment rate of the states and territories at 5.4% - the state's lowest rate since 1981.

This means that the Howard Government has created over 809,200 jobs since coming to power in 1996.

The ABS figures also show the unemployment rate for women has fallen to below the national rate. The female unemployment rate is 6% - a drop of 2% since the Howard Government first came to office in 1996.

There have been a range of initiatives that have created jobs in the Hunter region, particularly with funds from the Hunter Structural Adjustment Package.

Projects funded include the Maitland Transport and Distribution Hub, the Hunter Water Pipeline, the Newcastle Airport Expansion and the Impulse National Call Centre.

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