South Australia has recorded the worst internet job vacancies of all states for the past 12 months, according to data released today by the Department of Employment.
In the last 12 months, SA’s internet vacancy index dropped by 12.7 per cent, with the number of job vacancies advertised in SA now less than half the level they were compared to a decade ago.
Every South Australian region also recorded a fall in vacancies in the June 2015 quarter, with the Port Augusta and Eyre Peninsula region recording the largest fall (24.7 per cent).
“What is concerning is that these job vacancy declines in the Port Augusta and Eyre Peninsula region are occurring before the closure of the Port Augusta power stations and Leigh Creek coal mine,” said Shadow Minister for Employment David Pisoni.
“This alarming decline in the number of internet job vacancies is further evidence that South Australia is in the midst of a dangerous jobs crisis.
“Confirmation earlier this week that the Government plans to cut more than 500 jobs at TAFE will give job seekers no confidence either.
“It is becoming clearer every day that South Australia needs jobs creation now, not in a few years like the Weatherill Labor Government is talking about.
“It’s time for the Weatherill Labor Government to recognise that it has delivered a jobs crisis in SA.
“The Weatherill Labor Government must adopt the job creating measures proposed by the State Liberals.”
The State Liberals have proposed:
- Bringing forward planned Stamp Duty relief to take effect this year;
- Committing to reducing Payroll Tax;
- Slashing Emergency Services Levy bills by reversing the $90 million ESL hike announced in the 2014-15 State Budget;
- Commencing building the Northern Connector road;
- Finalising an investigation regarding the Strzelecki Track upgrade; and,
- Creating a state-based Productivity Commission.
“To create jobs in South Australia we need to lower taxes and reduce red tape to encourage business investment and economic growth,” said Mr Pisoni.
“Improving business conditions is the only sustainable means of growing South Australia’s stagnant jobs market.”