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Tuesday, 26 September 1972
Page: 1141

Senator CARRICK (NEW SOUTH WALES) - 1 direct a question to the Minister representing the Minister for Labour and National Service, ls the Minister aware that a significant number of employers in New South Wales have stated that they are experiencing great difficulty in recruiting labour, both male and female, skilled and unskilled, in both city and country areas? Is the Minister also aware that would-be employers in rural districts have approached persons registered for employment, only to find that the persons concerned have already secured employment? Is it possible that the figure of registered unemployed persons for August in New South Wales of 33,634, or 1.61 per cent of the work force is in fact considerably larger than the true number of persons actually unemployed?

Senator WRIGHT - Statements have been made commenting on the various aspects of unemployment. Mr Darling, for instance, made observations based on the experience of employers in Sydney. It is undoubtedly true that many employers are finding it difficult to obtain labour of the particular kind and in the particular area which they are seeking, despite the number of persons unemployed. Official figures of the Department of Labour and National Service indicated that at the end of August there were 28,000 unfilled vacancies. In this month vacancies were notified at a weekly rate of more than 14,000, which compares with the rate of less than 13,000 for the same time a year earlier. The trend in vacancies has been firm in recent months. I will need to check with the Department before giving a reliable answer to that aspect of the question referring to rural employment.

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