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Wangaratta jobless figures fall over the last year

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New figures released by Sophie Mirabella, the Federal Member for Indi, show that the number of people receiving unemployment benefits in Wangaratta fell by 3.1 per cent (65 people) between May 2006 and May 2007, as part of a national fall of 25 093 people (4.6 per cent).

Between May 2006 and May 2007, the number of job seekers associated with the Wangaratta Centrelink office (serving Wangaratta, Benalla, and Alpine Shires) fell by 3.1 per cent (65 people).

“Nationally, there are 15,431 fewer long-term unemployed welfare recipients, a fall of 4.7 per cent. These are people who have been receiving income support payments for 12 months or more,” Mrs Mirabella said.

Mrs Mirabella said the drop in unemployment benefit recipients reflected the strong performance of providers of Australian Government employment services, which help people to move from welfare into work.

“The Howard Coalition Government’s strong economic management has resulted in the generation of over 2.1 million (2 124 600) new jobs since March 1996, over half (1 264 600) of which have been full-time positions,” Mrs Mirabella said.

The Job Network has helped over 647 500 people find a job in the twelve months to end May alone. Of these jobs, over 125 000 have been for young Australians, aged 20 years or less, 130 800 have been for mature aged job seekers (aged 45+ years) and 83 800 jobs have been found for Australians of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

As part of the $3.7 billion Welfare to Work package, the Howard Government is investing $1.9 billion to deliver greater employment services and other assistance, including rehabilitation, long- and short-term wage subsidies, funds to modify workplaces to meet the needs of people with disability, upskilling and training of job seekers, and additional child care places.

“These new figures reflect the success of the Howard Government’s approach to helping unemployed Australians find a job and we are dedicated to ensuring this continues,” Mrs Mirabella said.

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Written by Greg Naylor

9 July 2007 at 4:53 pm

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