Australian Bureau of Statistics figures released yesterday show 1,749 full-time jobs have been lost in the Latrobe-Gippsland region since Daniel Andrews came to office.
The number of people in full-time jobs in Latrobe-Gippsland has fallen from 78, 421 in December 2014 to 76,672 in November 2015. The local unemployment rate has risen to 7.8 per cent.
Member for Morwell Russell Northe said before the election Daniel Andrews promised to create 100,000 full-time jobs within two years as part of his Back to Work scheme.
“Since the Andrews Labor Government came to office we have seen sharp falls in full-time employment in our region,” Mr Northe said. “The government’s botched $100 million Back to Work scheme has created just 164 jobs across the state.”
Mr Northe said the Andrews Government had abolished the $15 million Latrobe Valley Industry and Infrastructure Fund (LVIIF) that supported more than 40 businesses and leveraged close to $100 million in investment, creating 1200 jobs in our community.
“It’s extremely disappointing that the Government has abolished this successful program along with the Regional Growth Fund’s Putting Locals First Program that supported community driven projects,” Mr Northe said.
“At a time when we need to be creating job opportunities in Gippsland, Daniel Andrews is all talk and no action.”
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