According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), employment in regional Victoria has increased by 5,700 over the year to July, led by Latrobe-Gippsland with Hume, North West and Bendigo.
According to the media release by the Premier of Victoria, the figures demonstrate the Victorian Coalition Government’s support of job growth and investment in regional Victoria.
“There are now 25,900 more people employed in regional Victoria than when Labor left office. The Napthine Government is investing in major job creating projects right across regional Victoria. Projects including the Murray Basin Rail Project, the Latrobe Regional Hospital, the Bendigo Hospital and Shepparton Courts redevelopment will all create more jobs in regional Victoria,” Treasurer Michael O’Brien said.
“In addition, over the past three years, the Regional Growth Fund has invested almost $430 million to support 1,500 projects, leveraging $1.7 billion in total investment. Daniel Andrews and Labor would be disastrous for regional Victorians. Labor haven’t allocated one cent to the next four years of the Regional Growth Fund, in comparison to the Coalition’s allocation of $500 million for a total investment of $1 billion. Labor’s city-centric policies will see $8 billion spent removing level crossings in metropolitan Melbourne at the expense of regional infrastructure.”
The regional unemployment rate in Victoria was 6.5% over the three months to July, the lowest regional unemployment rate of the non-mining states.