Unemployment across the New England and North West region has hit a three year low at 6.1% according to the latest figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.  


Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson said the latest figures are great news for our region with 79,905 people employed.


“The last time we saw unemployment in our region this low was in July 2014 and it’s a credit to the hard working people of our region.


“A stable job doesn’t just give people the ability to pay their bills and provide for their families, it also gives people a sense of purpose each day.


“The latest result shows that continued government investment in our region creates good conditions for businesses to be successful and create jobs.


Mr Anderson said youth unemployment across the region also dropped to 15.1% down from 15.7%.


“Whilst this is welcome news we know there is plenty of work still to do to encourage businesses to employ people and also encourage people into work.


“We are continually working to find ways to increase employment whether it be in trades, professional services, retail or any other sector, we must keep working together to build our local workforce.”


Tamworth Business Chamber President Jye Segboer agreed the overall low unemployment figures were encouraging, but stressed more still needs to be done in the areas of youth unemployment and retaining a skilled workforce.


“We need to see more school leavers out in the workforce with skills. Students are choosing a degree over part-time work and internships during their final years and this is causing a gap in the workforce.”


Mr Segboer also said retaining a skilled workforce is just as important as attracting one.


“The more we work to offer local employment opportunities and pathways, the more we not only build a skilled workforce, but keep it.”


Mr Anderson is encouraging business owners to continue to look local to fill positions wherever possible.

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