New labour force released by the ABS this week has revealed the longest consecutive run of jobs growth since 1994, after the number of jobs in Australia increased for the 14th straight month.
Nationals Member for Cowper, Luke Hartsuyker, welcomed the release of the figures, saying they showed that more Australians were employed than ever before.
“There are an extra 383,000 Australians in work than a year ago, and almost 80 per cent of these new jobs are full-time jobs,” Mr Hartsuyker said.
“And we are seeing real results at a local level too, with the economy strengthening right across the Mid North Coast, underpinned by investment in infrastructure like the $3.3 billion Pacific Highway upgrade between Port Macquarie and Coffs Harbour.
“This is good news for jobseekers on the Mid North Coast. Through strong economic management the Coalition Government is creating the right environment for businesses to create jobs, and more jobs means more prosperity for the Mid North Coast.
“What this means for young people is that they can pursue a career here on the Mid North Coast, not just get a job.
“People who have moved away from the Mid North Coast can also return, knowing that there are plenty of opportunities as a result of this economic growth.”
Mr Hartsuyker said total employment was at a record high of 12,403,000.
“The current rate of jobs growth remains high at 3.2 per cent over the year, which is double the decade average rate of 1.6 per cent and is more than four times stronger than Labor’s last year in office.
“Bill Shorten and the Labor Party have opposed every job creation measure the Coalition has proposed. With such strong jobs growth, the Australian economy cannot risk a job-destroying Shorten Labor Government.”
More information on Australia’s labour market statistics can be found online at http://www.abs.gov.au/Employment-and-Unemployment.