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MEDIA RELEASE - Glenelg leads regional Victorian job growth

7 February 2019

Regional Victoria has scored the state’s lowest unemployment rate on record with Glenelg Shire assisting to lead the economic boom, according to the latest ABS data.

The shire’s unemployment rate fell to 4.8 per cent from 5.2 per cent over the 12 month period from September 2017 to 2018.

ABS results shows the state’s regional unemployment rate sits at 4.3 per cent – the lowest in the nation. This is a reduction of 0.3 percentage points in the December quarter with 5500 people finding employment, according to the State Government.

The national average for regional unemployment sits at five per cent.

Glenelg Shire Council CEO Greg Burgoyne said council had been working hard to attract new investment and drive job growth to record one of the state’s lowest unemployment figures.

He said further investment in renewables, engineering, agriculture, timber and tourism were leading local employment opportunities.

“Policy certainty particularly in the renewables sector is attracting unprecedented investment and therefore job opportunities. A number of businesses are currently at full operating capacity and expansion is a real possibility to cope with increasing demand,” Mr Burgoyne said.

“We are sitting in a good position with our economy growing and with further momentum expected into the future. There are a number of job opportunities available and more growth forecasted in the short to medium term due to the opening of new businesses and expansions of existing operations.

“We have affordable housing, excellent health services and education and improving transport connectivity. Adding to this the roll-out of improved NBN services makes it easier to communicate and do business than ever before.”

The shire’s new job website and digital app www.thisisportland.com.au is further aiding the ease of finding a local job, and to fill local vacancies for employers.

The ‘one-stop shop’ provides the region’s local job vacancies, information on local events, real estate opportunities and business services guide.

Mr Burgoyne said new jobs in a wealth of sectors were being added daily to the site providing opportunities for professional, skilled and unskilled workers.

“This digital platform is showcasing our beautiful region to a global audience illustrating the vast opportunities both professionally and personally which are on offer,” he said.

“The testimonials from some of our newest residents pay tribute to why so many people revel in our relaxed and welcoming community and don’t ever want to leave.”

To learn more visit www.thisisportland.com.au


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