Jobs growth staying strong in regional NSW
Regional NSW is outperforming the other states when it comes to jobs growth, adding almost 60 per cent of the total number of regional jobs nationwide over the last 12 months, official ABS data shows.
Treasurer Gladys Berejiklian said the figures released today showed 44,100 jobs were added outside of Sydney in the 12 months to August, accounting for two-thirds of the statewide increase.
“The number of jobs in regional NSW rose by 3.6 per cent over the past year, which is an outstanding rate,” Ms Berejiklian said.
“NSW has a strong jobs market and it is encouraging to see that this strength is being experienced right across the State.”
Regional highlights include the Greater Hunter, with 13,400 jobs added in the 12 months to August (an increase of 4.6 per cent), Richmond-Tweed, with 7,500 jobs added (an increase of 7.4 per cent), and the Central West, with 7,200 jobs added (an increase of 7.4 per cent).
Minister for Regional Development, Skills and Small Business John Barilaro said the recent regional jobs data reflects the State Government's continued investment in job creation and business growth initiatives.
“The NSW Government is supporting regional businesses by investing in initiatives that will connect businesses with world class resources, technology and expertise to encourage business growth in our regions,” Mr Barilaro said.
“Our latest $12 million Boost program is building a new state-wide innovation network that will help business owners bring their ideas to life and create the jobs of today and tomorrow.”