Published on January 19th, 2012 | by john.weir0
Better jobs news in Tasmania
Â The Tasmanian government says the state is defying a national trend by growing jobs, despite recording Australia’s worst unemployment rate.
Tasmania recorded a seasonally adjusted unemployment figure of 6.2 per cent for December, up 0.1 per cent on the previous month and a full per cent point above the national average.
The Minister for Economic Development, David Oâ€™Byrne, said thatÂ the job figures show that Tasmaniaâ€™s labour market finished the year with further jobs growth.Mr Oâ€™Byrne said that in December 2011 Tasmaniaâ€™s employment grew by a further 200 jobs, defying the overall drop in jobs nationwide and bringing total employment in the State to 237 900 persons.â€œThis is welcome news with only one other State, Western Australia, matching our jobs growth in December,â€ he said.â€œDuring the last five months of 2011 Tasmaniaâ€™s economy added a further 900 net jobs, whichÂ means that since August we have seen more than 3000 Tasmanians gain the confidence to enter the labour market and actively look for a job.The Government is doing its bit to help create job opportunities for these people by supporting new investment and helping businesses grow.”