WESTERN SYDNEY KEY DRIVER IN JOBS BONANZA

Western Sydney continues to be an employment powerhouse with more jobs added in the region since 2011 than in all of Queensland according to the latest ABS data.

The State’s overall unemployment rate is currently sitting at 3.9 per cent, the lowest level since monthly records began more than four decades ago.

Over the year to January, Western Sydney employment has increased by 51,100 people, with the unemployment rate of 5.0 per cent near record lows.

Since 2011, 228,200 jobs have been added for Western Sydney residents; more than the entire state of Queensland in the same period. NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet said the State’s record investment in infrastructure was boosting jobs growth across the state.

“Jobs transform lives and we are determined to continue to create the right conditions for jobs growth by supporting businesses with payroll tax cuts, and through our record $89.7 billion infrastructure program.”

Mr Perrottet said this week the NSW Government had announced 100,000 more free TAFE courses, an $80 million investment in a new TAFE campus for Western Sydney, and two new vocational high schools and two Productivity Bootcamps. “The Liberals & Nationals will never stop when it comes to creating jobs and opportunity for people across NSW, and these announcements go to the heart of that promise,” Mr Perrottet said

“Our target in 2015 was 150,000 new jobs, we smashed it with more than 420,000 in that time, and have now set a new target of 250,000 more jobs in the next four years.

“In contrast to what we have done Labor’s failed former Finance Minister Michael Daley is threatening to cancel job creation infrastructure projects and introduce new taxes. Labor doesn’t have a plan for NSW – only a hit list.”