South Australia’s headline unemployment rate was up 0.3 to 7.3 per cent in April, according to the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics Labour Force data.

The state’s trend unemployment rate increased 0.1 to 7.0 per cent.

Over the past year and a half, 13,800 more people have found work, with 5600 more people in full time work and 4700 fewer people are unemployed.

Background

Today the State Government announced a $21.6 million upgrade to SA Water’s largest water storage tank, which is expected to create 250 jobs and contribute to the delivery of quality water to more than 100,000 residents in Adelaide’s north-east.

The upgrade is part of a wider $89 million State Government programme to refurbish 111 water storage tanks.

Quotes attributable to Employment Minister Kyam Maher

It is clear that South Australia is facing some fundamental challenges with the transition of our traditional reliance on manufacturing to new industries.

The State Government has continued to support job creation by providing assistance to small business and emerging industries, investing in essential infrastructure such as the $89 million refurbishment of water storage tanks across the state, and creating an Investment Attraction agency that has so far attracted over $1 billion in investment from international companies, accounting for 5,219 jobs.

The unemployment rate today highlights how important it is for the Federal Government to bring on Defence’s shipbuilding program to support existing industries and give manufacturing workers the opportunity to transition into new work.