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Wednesday, 7 March 1973
Page: 285

Mr NICHOLLS (BONYTHON, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - Can the Minister for Labour inform the House the unemployment figures for the month of February, particularly for the State of South Australia?

Mr Clyde Cameron (HINDMARSH, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - Curiously enough 1 am able to give the preliminary figures for South Australia, though I have not as yet compiled the figures for other States. However I indicate that I will do so later. I find that national unemployment has fallen by something like 30,000 for the month. That is the biggest fall in the number of unemployed since the statistics were first kept 25 years ago. In South Australia, the State in which naturally enough I have taken most interest, I find that unemployment has fallen by not less than 4,400 or 28.2 per cent, by far the sharpest drop in unemployment figures in South Australia in any month of February since unemployment statistics were first kept 25 years ago. The House will be interested and, I know pleased to learn that the fall of 28.2 per cent for the month of February compares with a 3-year average fall of about 1,500 in absolute terms, or 13.7 per cent, while unfilled vacancies - the most pleasing feature of all - in South Australia increased by 596 for the month, which is 13.8 per cent as against a 3-year average decline in South Australia of about 650 or 16.1 per cent.

Mr Fulton - They have a good government there.

Mr Clyde Cameron (HINDMARSH, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - I am obliged to the Leader of the Country Party for that interjection! They do have a good government in South Australia. Undoubtedly this is largely the cause of the remarkable improvement in employment in that State.

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