Unemployment across the New England and North West region has hit its lowest point in nearly nine years Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson announced today. 

Figures released from ABS labour force regional data shows unemployment has hit a low of 5.8 per cent across the region which is the lowest it has been since March 2009.

Mr Anderson said the latest result shows that continued government investment in our region creates good conditions for businesses to be successful and drive employment. 

“The last time we saw unemployment in our region this low was in March 2009 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.

“Locally I know businesses are investing in staff which shows signs of a healthy economy and a large degree of business confidence.”

Mr Anderson said youth unemployment across the region remains a concern and more can be done to encourage young people into training for skilled positions. 

“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 with skills out in the workforce. Students are choosing a degree over part-time work and internships during their final years and this is causing a gap in the workforce.

“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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