16 August 2010

Jobs rate in South Australia show state’s resilience

The unemployment rate in South Australia dropped during July showing the resilience of the state's economy, Employment Minister Jack Snelling says.

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South Australia has one of the lowest unemployment rates in Australia, new figures show.

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for SA in July 2010 decreased 0.3 percentage points from the previous month's figure to 5.1 per cent.

The figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics show South Australia has the second-lowest unemployment rate in Australia and is below the national rate of 5.3 per cent.

"Today's figures indicate the South Australian economy is continuing to show resilience with a drop in July in the state's headline unemployment rate of 0.3 percentage points to 5.1 per cent, the second lowest of all the states," Mr Snelling said.

Business leaders have previously expressed concern that the state could experience a skills shortage because of a mining boom and an aging workforce, unless they can attract new international migrants or workers from other states.

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