South Australia Shadow Minister for Employment David Pisoni
Jobs Slide While Rann Twitters
Victor P Taffa
While South Australia Premier Mike Rann remains ‘MIA’, Twittering his way across Europe and possibly negotiating his own post-politics employment, job seekers and employers in South Australia continue to see a fall in confidence and employment opportunity under Labor according to Shadow Minister for Employment David Pisoni.
Latest ABS statistics show South Australia’s trend unemployment rate has risen to 5.3 % from 5.2 %, with the number of people unemployed increasing by 7,100 so far in 2010.
Shadow Employment Minister David Pisoni said the situation is most serious for the state’s young people with South Australia having the highest youth unemployment rate in the nation at 27.9 %.
“It is becoming harder and harder for Mike Rann to meet his election promise of creating 100,000 extra jobs as more South Australians become unemployed each month.” Mr. Pisoni said.
“In addition, the Sensis Business Index released yesterday showed SA businesses with the largest fall in confidence of all the states with employers obviously predicting a raft of unpleasant tax and operating cost surprises in Treasurer Foley’s delayed September budget.”
“This comes on top of ANZ job ad figures released this week showing South Australia with the worst 12 month performance of all the states.” Mr. Pisoni said.
“The business community is also well aware of the disastrous effect Federal Labor’s mining super tax will have on our state’s economic prospects.”
“Mike Rann told South Australians prior to the state election he would create 100,000 more jobs over the next six years but this has already morphed into 100,000 jobs and/or training places as the Premier ties himself in knots explaining his own spin.”
“If South Australia had kept pace with the national jobs growth rate, there would be about 27,000 more jobs in this State.” Mr. Pisoni said.