Jobs the number one priority, Jay?

The Weatherill Labor Government’s mantra that jobs are its number one priority has been exposed as a falsehood, following the release of today’s ABS jobs figures.

“There is no way for Labor to spin themselves out of this – today’s disappointing unemployment figures reveal that South Australia is heading in the wrong direction after 16 years of failed Labor administration,” said Shadow Minister for Employment Corey Wingard.

“These figures show that there are 592 fewer full-time jobs today than there were in February 2010, when Mike Rann promised 100,000 new jobs – it’s a disgrace and South Australians will not be fooled by Jay Weatherill and Tom Koutsantonis at this election.

“No matter which way you look at it, unemployment is up in SA, and the government that has presided over this situation for 16 years has no answers to our state’s unemployment woes.

“The trend unemployment rate is up, with SA again the equal highest in the nation, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate is up, the number of underemployed people is up, and the youth unemployment rate is the highest in the nation.

“The Weatherill Labor Government is bereft of ideas to grow our economy and create the right environment to attract investment and create jobs.

“In stark contrast, the Liberal Party has a strong plan to deliver more jobs, with a suite of practical policies to grow our economy, drive investment, and put South Australia on a path to prosperity.”

A Marshall Liberal Government will:

  • Scrap payroll tax for small businesses in South Australia
  • Deregulate shop trading hours to allow businesses to remain open, creating more opportunities for South Australians working in retail
  • Invest $100 million to create more than 20,000 new places in the Vocational Education and Training (VET) system to provide young South Australians with more opportunities to secure an apprenticeship or traineeship

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