New data from the Commonwealth Department of Employment shows unemployment in Port Pirie is the highest of all SA regions after a relentless rise in the number of people without work since 2010.
Over the past five years the unemployment rate has risen from 5 per cent to 12.9 per cent which includes a two per cent jump in the last 12 months.
At 12.9 per cent, Port Pirie has the highest unemployment rate of all South Australian regions, almost three percentage points higher than the Murraylands and more than three times the unemployment rate of Port Lincoln/Ceduna.
“The Weatherill Labor Government is not doing enough to grow jobs and employment opportunities for the people of Port Pirie,” said Shadow Minister for Employment Corey Wingard.
“Port Pirie is enduring enormous suffering at the hands of a Labor Government that has no idea how to turnaround South Australia’s floundering economy.
“Local MP and Minister for Regional Development Geoff Brock has failed the people who put him in State Parliament.
“Minister Brock’s meek silence regarding the hardship inflicted on his own electorate by the Labor Government he is a member of is hard to comprehend.
“Geoff Brock should be demanding the Weatherill Government put in place measures to tackle the spiralling rate of unemployment in his home town.
“The prosperity of South Australia requires vibrant productive regional communities.
“South Australia is in the unenviable position of having the highest unemployment, youth unemployment and underemployment rates in the nation.
“Port Pirie is in the unenviable position of having the highest rate of unemployment in regional South Australia.
“The South Australian Liberal party recognises that regional areas are a major driver of South Australia’s economy and we need regional industries to thrive in order to boost our economy and create jobs.”