Western Sydney key driver in jobs bonanza

WESTERN Sydney continues to bean employmentpowerhouse with morejobsaddedin the region since 2011 than inall ofQueensland according to the latest ABS data.

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

Over the year to January, Western Sydney employment has increased by 51,100people, 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 thanthe entire state of Queenslandin the sameperiod.

NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet saidthe State’s record investment in infrastructurewas boosting jobs growth across the state.

“Jobs transform lives and we are determined to continue to create the right conditionsfor jobs growthby supporting businesseswith payroll tax cuts,andthroughour record$89.7B infrastructure program.”
Mr Perrottet saidthis week the NSWGovernment had announced 100,000more freeTAFE courses, an $80M investment in a new TAFE campusfor Western Sydney,and two new vocational high schools and twoProductivity Bootcamps.

“Our target in 2015 was150,000new jobs, wesmashed it with more than 420,000inthat time,and havenowsetanewtarget of250,000more jobsin the next four years.

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