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Published on January 19th, 2012 | by john.weir

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Better jobs news in Tasmania

 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 O’Byrne, said that the job figures show that Tasmania’s labour market finished the year with further jobs growth.Mr O’Byrne said that in December 2011 Tasmania’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.“This is welcome news with only one other State, Western Australia, matching our jobs growth in December,” he said.“During the last five months of 2011 Tasmania’s economy added a further 900 net jobs, which 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.”

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