01 August 2007

More jobs available in Australia

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New employment statistics show that more jobs are being created throughout Australia.

The latest Small Area Labour Markets (SALM) figures show that 71.7 per cent of local areas have reported a fall in their unemployment rate over the past 12 months, especially as the country continues to enjoy a booming economic position in its key cities.

Deputy prime minister Mark Vaile, said: "I am very conscious that strong economic conditions are not spread evenly across the country, but these figures clearly demonstrate that jobs growth is occurring in rural and regional Australia as well as the cities."

Just 3.3 per cent of areas have an unemployment rate of ten per cent or higher, compared to 29.4 per cent at the same point in 1996. A total of 68 per cent of the areas now have a rate of less than five per cent and this is helping to drive local economies and encourage greater job security.

The news is particularly good for skilled migrants looking for work in the country and is likely to encourage further immigration to Australia in the long-term.

Australia needs skilled workers: anyone interested in migrating to Australia should complete an online assessment to see if they qualify for skilled migration to Australia.

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