Tasmanian News

Tas jobless falls again

Unemployment's fallen again in Tasmania for February, with new ABS figures putting the state at 5.8% in trend terms.

Senator Eric Abetz notes that at the height of the state's jobless problem during the previous Labor Green Federal government it was 8.1%, meaning it's dropped by 2.3%.

"You've got to ask the question why, the reason is effective policies of a federal and state Liberal government working together to achieve results, so I am delighted with the result but in no way do I believe that means there isn't more to be done."

The result's been driven by strong growth in part-time employment. Full time jobs, however, have been shrinking, with 3600 hundred lost since the start of the financial year.

Tasmania has a lower trend rate figure than Victoria (6%), Queensland (6.4%), South Australia (6.6%) and Western Australia (6.4%)

The national jobless figure has risen to 5.9% seasonally adjusted.

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