Tasmania is continuing to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, experiencing the second highest employment growth rate in the country.
Today’s ABS data confirms our employment grew 0.8 per cent in November, which was higher than national growth.
Since the height of the pandemic’s impacts in May, nearly three quarters of Tasmanians have returned to work.
At the same time, our unemployment rate continues to fall, and our participation rate continues to increase, as more workers return to the workforce.
This follows the latest payroll jobs data released earlier this week, which showed that Tasmania recorded the highest jobs growth in the last two weeks of November, and follows the Sensis Business Index earlier this week which showed our businesses are the most confident in the country.
My focus in the new year will be to get even more Tasmanians back into work and to create more jobs for Tasmanians.
The 2020-21 Budget is all about jobs, confidence and community, and delivers a landmark $5 billion infrastructure to support 25,000 jobs and deliver the intergenerational infrastructure our community needs to thrive.