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Local jobs in Gippsland South take a dive under Daniel Andrews

Jobs in the Gippsland South electorate have become much harder to come by since the election of the Melbourne Labor Government.

The latest Small Area Labour Markets figures show that unemployment in the Wellington Shire has risen by nearly a full per cent page point and South Gippsland Shire has risen 0.6% in just one quarter under Daniel Andrews. (Source: The Australian Government Department of Employment – June quarter 2016)

Since Daniel Andrews and Labor came to office the unemployment rate in Wellington has risen from 4.8 per cent to 6.9 per cent while in South Gippsland the jobless rate has risen from 3.8 per cent to 5.1 per cent in June 2016.

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Danny O'Brien said Labor was too focused on a big-spend up in Melbourne and neglecting the regions.

"The Liberal Nationals Coalition is working on a plan to manage Victoria’s population to drive economic growth and create new job opportunities throughout all of Victoria.

"When in government we had the $1 billion Regional Growth Fund that was driving opportunities for the 25 per cent of people who live outside Melbourne, but Labor has dropped the ball.

"The Andrews Labor Government has no economic plan or jobs plan for regional Victoria and it is Gippslanders who are suffering through reduced job opportunities.

"Anti-business policies like the Grand Final Eve holiday that no-one asked for and costs local businesses money and cuts to vital initiatives like the Country Roads and Bridges program have hurt regional Victoria.

"Daniel Andrews is running a Melbourne-centric government that doesn’t care about regional Victorians."

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