Good news for those searching for jobs in Tasmania or those moving to Tasmania. The most recent unemployment figures have been released and more Tasmanians are now in work and fewer are looking for work.

Long may this good news continue. This is good news for you if you are moving to Tasmania and hoping to find work quickly.

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Jobless rate bucks trend

TASMANIA’S jobless rate tumbled in September from 5.2 per cent to 4.7 per cent — well below the national average.

While the figures relate to the more volatile seasonally adjusted rate, even the trend figures preferred by statisticians showed a fall from 5.1 per cent to just 5 per cent.

Premier Lara Giddings welcomed the figures.

“This is an encouraging sign that our economy is on the path to recovery,” she said.

“However, I have always taken a balanced view of the economy and I recognise that there is still more to be done to boost our participation rate and encourage Tasmanians into work.”

Opposition spokesman on Treasury matters Peter Gutwein said the state’s low and declining participation rate was hiding the unemployment problems in Tasmania.

“Last month alone 100 jobs disappeared, no doubt many of them due to the disastrous forestry deal,” Mr Gutwein said.

“In the eight months since Lara Giddings became Premier, 2100 jobs have disappeared.

“That’s an average of 60 jobs disappearing for every week Lara Giddings has been Premier.”

Ms Giddings said Mr Gutwein had “shamelessly expressed twisted glee” at the prospect of job losses.

“When people lose their jobs, the Liberals smell a political opportunity,” the Premier said.

“At a time when business confidence is low, it’s important for political representatives to show strong leadership and the approach of Mr Gutwein in focusing on negative data is not helpful to the broader interests of the Tasmanian economy.

“It might achieve short-term political aims but it does nothing to assist businesses to grow and create jobs.”

Economists, who had expected the national jobless rate to stay at the August level of 5.3 per cent, say the result lessens the need for an interest rate cut when the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) holds its Melbourne Cup Day board meeting next month.

Comments by the central bank after last week’s board meeting, indicating that the inflation outlook had improved, had stirred talk of an imminent rate cut.

Prime Minister Julia Gillard said around 750,000 jobs had been created since Labor came to office in 2007.

“Having a robust economy that can create jobs isn’t a matter of accident,” Ms Gillard told Parliament.


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