Media Release

16 November 2017

O’Brien: Victoria’s unemployment worse than national average (edition 14)

Thursday 16 November 2017

Victoria’s unemployment worse than national average (edition 14)

Victoria’s jobs crisis continues with latest ABS jobs figures showing Victoria’s unemployment rate exceeding the national average for the 14th consecutive month.

Victoria’s unemployment rate of 5.7 per cent is above the national average of 5.4 per cent.

New South Wales, our northern neighbour and economic competitor, has the country’s lowest unemployment rate at 4.6 per cent.

With the Andrews Labor government giving Victoria the highest tax burden in the nation, the largest number of days lost through strikes and crippling energy prices, it is no wonder New South Wales is streets ahead.

Comments attributable to Shadow Treasurer Michael O’Brien:

“Daniel Andrews’ 11 new taxes and high energy prices are seeing Victoria’s jobs performance badly trailing NSW.

“Labor’s high tax, high cost policies are hurting local business and costing Victorians jobs.

“With NSW having an unemployment rate massively lower than Victoria’s, it is clear that Labor’s economic policies are failing.

“Daniel Andrews’ strategy of unemployment extends to his own party by sacking former Minister Jane Garrett for standing up for CFA volunteers.”