- More than 28,000 people returned to the workforce, with participation increasing to 65.9 per cent in November, seeing NSW’s unemployment remain at 6.5 per cent.
- Almost 90 per cent of jobs that were lost at the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic in NSW have now been regained.
- Underemployment has fallen by 1.2 percentage points to 8.8 per cent and spare capacity in the labour market eased to 15.2 per cent.
MORE GREEN DOTS IN TIME FOR SUMMER TRAVEL
- More customers are being welcomed back to the public transport network with an increase in the number of people allowed on trains, buses, ferries and light rail, in line with health advice.
- A Waratah train will now be able to carry 86 customers per carriage, up from 68, and a typical two-door bus will be able to carry 27 customers, up from 23.
- NSW TrainLink services are already being booked to 50 per cent capacity, with additional demand being met by supplementary coach services, to maintain physical distancing when travelling long distances.
RESULTS ARE IN: CLASS OF 2020 ACE HSC
- 66,000 students have received their Higher School Certificate results, officially bringing an end to the 2020 HSC and the school year.
- Despite all the hurdles, the Class of 2020 has performed on par with what we would expect in a normal year, which is an incredible achievement.
- This year, 1,409 students received the ‘All Round Achievers Award’, for scoring in the highest possible band across 10 units of study, while 778 students received the Top Achievers award for earning one of the top places and a result in the highest band.
- More than 17,500 students received at least one band six to be granted the ‘Distinguished Achievers Award’.
- Congratulations to the Class of 2020 and the entire school community of NSW for all that you have achieved this year and all the best for the future.
LOCAL INFRASTRUCTURE BOOST FOR COMMUNITIES
- The NSW Government’s Infrastructure Grants program is supporting 28 projects across the State, to help local organisations deliver critical services in the wake of COVID-19 and bushfires.
- This latest round of grants prioritised projects to repair and rebuild local assets and will help communities maintain sporting, social and cultural activities impacted by the pandemic.
- The grants are made possible by the Clubgrants Category 3 Fund which re-invests profits from registered clubs’ gaming machines into a statewide funding pool for large-scale community projects.
- The full list of funded projects is here: https://www.responsiblegambling.nsw.gov.au/funding-opportunities/infrastructure-grants.
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