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South Australia Shadow Minister for Employment David Pisoni

Youth Unemployment Crisis Continues

Victor P Taffa

Almost a third of young South Australians are still unable to find full-time work, according to ABS statistics released today.

South Australia’s youth unemployment rate was 30.5 % in December the second highest of all states and well above the national rate of 26.5 %.

The number of unemployed South Australians increased to 46,200 in December.

Shadow Employment Minister David Pisoni said despite Mr. Weatherill’s spin it was clear Labor had abandoned young job seekers.

“Flying in the face of Mr. Weatherill’s rhetoric about a new focus on our young people, nearly a third of young South Australians looking for full-time work are unable to find it.” Mr. Pisoni said.

“At the 2010 State Election, Labor committed to creating 100,000 new jobs, but continually fails to deliver on this promise.”

“The last quarter of 2011 showed SA had 8,600 job vacancies, compared to an estimated 16,600 12 months before.” Mr. Pisoni said.

“The number of people unemployed in South Australia has actually increased by 6,400 since Labor’s election promise to create 100,000 new jobs.”

“With SA having the highest taxes and the worst business confidence in Australia, businesses cannot afford to create jobs or increase hours for their workers.” Mr. Pisoni said.

“If jobs growth in SA had matched national jobs growth under this State Labor Government, there would be almost 40,000 more jobs in SA.”

“Premier Weatherill must explain to South Australians why his Labor Government has landed the State in an unemployment crisis.” Mr. Pisoni said.

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