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Premier’s 2024 jobs target cold comfort for 97,600 jobless

·         WA’s unemployment Rate increased from 6.4% to 6.8%*

·         Record number of Western Australians unemployed, 97,600 up from 90,800*

·         Highest unemployment rate in the nation, national average at 5%*

The McGowan Government’s Plan for Jobs is officially in tatters with the latest unemployment figures revealing a dramatic increase in the number of Western Australians unemployed.

Shadow Treasurer Dean Nalder said there were now more Western Australians unemployed than at any point in the State’s history.

“The most alarming aspect of these figures is that Western Australia is going against the national trend, which is holding steady,” Mr Nalder said.

“The Premier swept into office two years ago on a platform of jobs creation and is now stubbornly refusing to admit he has failed.

“Yesterday, the Premier’s spin factory went into overdrive, telling all who would listen that in 2024 there would be 150,000 more jobs; that means absolutely nothing to the nearly 100,000 Western Australians who are unemployed right now.

“Alarm bells must be ringing across the McGowan Government following today’s unemployment rate of 6.8 per cent, up from last month’s 6.4 per cent.

“There are now 10,000 more Western Australians unemployed than when Mark McGowan was elected on a promise to create more jobs for Western Australians.”

Mr Nalder said the figures were not surprising given the raft of McGowan Government anti-job policies that had been rolled out since the election.

“Increasing payroll tax, cutting the first home buyer grant boost, introducing a foreign investor surcharge on the construction industry and failing to deliver any new major infrastructure projects are guaranteed ways to increase unemployment,” Mr Nalder said.

“The Premier can also add to the list a raft of policies that have gutted the tourism sector, the destruction of investor confidence on the back of his failed attempts to nationalise the crayfish industry and increase the tax on gold miners and massive cost-of-living increases that are impacting the retail sector.”

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