Hon Judi Moylan

Unemployment rate drops in Pearce

Figures released today by the Australian Parliamentary Library show that unemployment in the electorate of Pearce has fallen to 4.3%, from 6.2% 10 years ago when the Howard Government first came into office. “Since March 1996, the unemployment rate in the electorate of Pearce has decreased by almost 2 per cent,” says Ms Moylan. “This is a clear indication that the Howard Government’s strong economic policies have helped the unemployment rate remain close to a 30-year low. “Residents in Pearce are clearly benefiting from the Government’s sound economic management over the past decade.” “When Kim Beazley was the Minister responsible for employment, the unemployment rate peaked at 10.9 per cent nationally, with nearly 1 million Australians out of work,” she said. Not one electorate recorded a double-digit unemployment rate in the June quarter 2006, compared with 45 electorates in the March quarter back in 1996. Since March this year, when WorkChoices was introduced, 175,800 jobs have been created which makes a mockery of the Opposition’s claims that the Government’s workplace reforms would destroy jobs. Overall, since the Howard Government came into office in March 1996, more than 1.9 million jobs have been created, more than 1 million of which have been full-time positions.

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