Youth unemployment plummets in Hume

Thursday, 24 May 2018

Speech in parliament >>  

Federal Member for Hume Angus Taylor has outlined in parliament how youth unemployment in the electorate has plummeted in the past year.

In a speech on Thursday, Mr Taylor said in Hume’s north, the outer southwest of Sydney, the youth jobless rate had dropped by 5.6% in the past year, down to 7.8%.

Around Goulburn, in an area stretching south to Queanbeyan, he said youth unemployment had dropped 3% in 12 months, to sit at 7.5%.

“There’s still more work to be done, but these are fantastic outcomes,” Mr Taylor said.

“In the north, around Camden and Narellan, there’s been a big jump in retail jobs. More than 14,000 people are employed there in the retail trade, and that’s been a jump of 4,200 people in just one year.

“Healthcare and social work employ 18,400 people in northern Hume and in the past year this has jumped by 4 and a half thousand people.

“Every lever of policy from our Government is pulling toward more jobs and better jobs.

“Just last week, we delivered on a major commitment – helping one million more Australians into work, than there were, when we were elected.

“2017 was the best year on record for jobs growth.

“Our Budget will continue to build the platform for growth.

“Billions of dollars of the Government’s $75 billion infrastructure investment is happening in my electorate, particularly around the Western Sydney Airport, and this is driving business and jobs.

“The construction sector in the north of Hume employs more than 14 and a half thousand people, and another 13 and a half thousand work in the manufacturing sector there.

“This kind of job creation doesn’t happen by accident. Thriving businesses create jobs and give Australians opportunity to work, to save, to get ahead,” Mr Taylor said.

The overall unemployment rate in Hume is one of the lowest of any electorate in Australia, at 3.2%.


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