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Rebecca White MP | Labor Member for Lyons

  • Jobless rate worst in the nation
  • Tasmanians can’t get the work they need
  • More than 3.5 million hours of work gone under Hodgman

The Hodgman Government needs to show leadership in addressing Tasmania’s awful jobs figures.

According to recent ABS statistics, the state’s underemployment rate is 10.4%, which is easily the worst in the nation.  More than 3.5 million hours of work (to June 2019) have disappeared under the Liberals in the last year.

Labor Leader Rebecca White said the Government needs to do more to get people into work and to ensure those working can get enough hours to provide them with a decent standard of living.

“Tasmania’s jobs numbers are the worst in the country.  The Government needs to stop gloating and get to work ensuring Tasmanians can do the same,” Ms White said.

“Our underemployment rate is a disgrace.  Under Will Hodgman many of those people with a job can’t get the hours they need.

“This often impacts our lowest paid workers – people in hospitality, school facility attendants or childcare workers who deserve the Government’s action.

“The Government’s failure to grow secure jobs is further contributing to homelessness and the public housing waiting list.

“The Premier should start by backing Labor’s plan for free TAFE courses for key industry sectors where there are skills shortages to help Tasmanians secure jobs.”

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