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Gippsland losing jobs under Labor

The latest figures show there are 9731 fewer people employed in full-time work in the Latrobe-Gippsland region than when Daniel Andrews and Labor came into Government.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) data indicates the region’s unemployment is at 8.2 per cent – 2.1 per cent higher than December 2014.

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Danny O’Brien said Labor was failing on regional jobs.

“I have recently been visiting local business in the main streets of our towns delivering business surveys and there’s no doubt business conditions remain tough for some, particularly those in retail,” Mr O’Brien said.

“Coupled with the downturn in the dairy industry there is no doubt parts of Gippsland are hurting.  Labor should be doing more to build local infrastructure like our roads which are in dire need of work and funding, yet Labor has cut the roads maintenance budget.

“Unfortunately there is little that Melbourne Labor is doing to help grow jobs in our region because Labor thinks regional Victoria consists of Geelong, Ballarat and Bendigo.”

Yet more concerning is the rising unemployment rate among local youths. Gippsland’s youth unemployment rate has steadily increased since late 2014 and was 12.8 per cent in June.

This equated to 3551 fewer jobs since the change of government in December 2014.

“Regional Victoria is a blind spot for this city-centric Labor Government. It seems the further you live from Melbourne, the less you get from this Melbourne Labor Government.”

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