South Australia Shows A Lag In Employment

South Australia Shows A Lag In Employment

South Australia Shadow Minister for Employment Corey Wingard

South Australia Has Lowest Rate Of Full Time Employment On Mainland Australia

Victor P Taffa

ABS (Australian Bureau of Statistics) data has revealed that South Australia has the lowest rate of full-time employment on mainland Australia.

South Australia has 79.2 % of men in full-time work this compares to New South Wales, Queensland and Western Australia who have between 82 and 83 % of men in full-time work.

Only 46.8 % of women in South Australia are in full-time work this again compares to New South Wales, Queensland and Western Australia who have between 51 and 54 % of women in fulltime work.

This means that South Australia now has:

  • Highest unemployment rate in the nation;
  • Lowest rate of full-time employment on mainland Australia;
  • Highest underutilisation rate in the nation.

“The South Australian economy continues to face a number of challenges, including the impending closure of Holden, and the potential closure of the Arrium Whyalla steelworks.” Shadow Employment Minister Corey Wingard said.

“What these latest statistics reveal is that there is a lot of work to do in improving South Australia’s job opportunities particularly in relation to full-time jobs.”

“We know that more people want to work more hours, but there isn’t the opportunity for them to do so.”

“With ever-increasing cost of living pressures in our state, our low rate of full-time employment is hurting South Australians.” Mr. Wingard said.