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SA bottom of the ladder for underemployment

The latest Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) figures on participation, job search and mobility reveal the miserable state of the jobs market in South Australia.

The ABS data shows South Australia recorded both the highest underemployment in the country and has the highest percentage of employees who would prefer to work more hours.

Over 15% of currently employed South Australians have indicated they prefer to work more hours than they are currently working and more than 10% are officially underemployed.

“Yet again the Weatherill Government receives the wooden spoon for its performance on job creation,” said Shadow Minister for Employment Corey Wingard.

“Under the Weatherill Government South Australia has become the part-time employment state, many people can’t work as much as they want and that is hurting the ability of tens of thousands of workers to plan for their future, to buy a house or even to have a holiday.”

South Australia has the highest unemployment in the country, the highest youth unemployment on the mainland and the highest underutilization rate.