Unemployment still tracking badly despite December bounce

Unemployment still tracking badly despite December bounce Tasmanian LaborWorst youth unemployment in the nationHighest rate of unemployment among menFigures pre-date travel restrictionsLabor welcomes the pre-Christmas bounce reported in the latest employment figures – this is indeed good news for those Tasmanians who’ve found work after such a rugged year in 2020.But concerns remain about the many unresolved challenges facing our state in the months ahead and there are far too many Tasmanians who are still out of work.Shadow Treasurer David O’Byrne said with the March deadline looming for JobKeeper to be cut off the situation threatens to become much worse.“Entire sections of Tasmania’s economy are rightly worried about wage assistance being withdrawn when the effects of the pandemic are still being felt,” Mr O’Byrne said.“Traditionally big employers including tourism, hospitality and retail are continuing to feel especially vulnerable in the COVID world.“Our youth unemployment is the highest in the country at 16.5 percent and Tasmania also has the worst male unemployment rate, with 1400 more men losing their jobs in December.“Underemployment also continues to be a serious problem with 8.7 percent of employed men and eleven percent of women wanting more hours of work.“And this is before our tourism and hospitality sectors took such a massive hit after restrictions were re-imposed on travel from New South Wales and Queensland.“The government claims to be building its way out of COVID, but time and again we’ve seen this government’s infrastructure projects fail to get off the ground.”Only Labor has a plan to get Tasmania working again.“Peter Gutwein does not have a plan for jobs, he only has a plan for unemployment.“The Premier needs to face up to the reality that 20,000 Tasmanians are out of work and searching for jobs that just aren’t there.”David O’Byrne MPShadow Treasurer /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:building, Economy, employment, Government, infrastructure, JobKeeper, New South Wales, pandemic, Premier, Queensland, Tasmania, Tasmanian Labor, Tassie, tourism, travel, unemployment, world read more