19/11/2020 | David Pisoni MP

The Marshall Government has welcomed the fact the number of people in full-time employment in South Australia increased by 13,500 in October, leading to 6,300 more people employed overall, and pointed to even brighter job prospects in the future.

Today’s Australian Bureau of Statistics Labour Force data shows the number of South Australians in work in October increased to 853,000, more than the same time last year, and that our unemployment rate sits at the national average of 7 per cent.

“We are making good progress towards restoring the South Australian economy and the job opportunities it delivers to pre-COVID-19 levels,” said Minister for Innovation and Skills David Pisoni.

“The recent State Budget will deliver the largest job creation program in South Australian history and further improve the job prospects of South Australians looking for work.

“Our $16.7 billion investment in roads, education, sporting and health infrastructure complements a $4 billion economic stimulus designed to generate thousands of local jobs.

“Money is also being invested to protect existing jobs with reductions in payroll tax, land tax and grants of up to the $20,000 available for eligible small businesses, keeping them and the jobs they provide afloat.

“The Marshall Government is also investing $280 million in skills and training programs to enhance the employment prospects of South Australians looking for work.

“Eight Industry Skills Councils have been established to drive skills training and employment across their sectors and the new SA Skills Commission will be up and running next year.

“We are doing everything in our power to ensure as many local jobs as possible survive through the greatest economic challenge of our time.

“South Australia’s economy continues to perform relatively well compared with other states in its COVID-19 recovery.

“South Australia is the only state to have recorded growth in full-time employment since March, highlighting just how resilient our economy is.

“I’m also pleased to see a fall in the number of people underemployed in the last month, we want to give South Australians the greatest opportunity to fulfil their employment aspirations.

“There’s more work to be done, and today’s stats reflect the ongoing challenges ahead.”