Mandurah experiences nation’s biggest drop in unemployment

Andrew Hastie.
Andrew Hastie.

JOB opportunities in Mandurah are on the rise with a report released today showing a sharp decrease in unemployment from 11.6 per cent to 6.8 per cent.

According to a Department of Employment data report, Mandurah recorded the largest decrease in the country, with the unemployment rate falling by 9.6 per cent in Mandurah, 7.5 per cent in Greenfields, and 6.1per cent in Mandurah South.

Member for Canning Andrew Hastie welcomed the news, praising the resilience of the Peel region.

“A lot of people have been doing it tough and we’re certainly not out of the woods yet but this is very good news for the Peel region,” he said.

“The government has been working hard to ensure there is sufficient support for people looking for work, while at the same time doing everything we can to stimulate growth.”

Minister for Employment Michaelia Cash welcomed the news, noting it reflected strong national jobs growth.

“The economy has now created 14 consecutive months of jobs growth,” he said.

“This is actually the longest consecutive run of jobs growth since 1994.

“Of the 383,300 jobs that have been created in the past 12 months, more than 80 per cent of these are fulltime jobs.”

Shire of Murray has experienced a similar drop from 10.7 per cent to 6.5 per cent.

Mr Hastie cited a number of policies and projects introduced by the Federal Government to support unemployment and job growth in the Peel region.

“We’ve introduced the Mandurah Employment Facilitator and the Stronger Transitions package to support people struggling to find work,” he said.

“We’ve backed local job creating projects like the Dwellingup National Trails Centre and Quambie Park aged care expansion in Waroona.

“We’ve also stimulated local small business with the lowest tax rate in 50 years, by removing red tape and by extending the instant asset write off.”

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