Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan has welcomed the creation of more than 6000 local jobs on the North Coast in the last 12 months.
“This is wonderful news for our community and those looking for work,” he said.
“These newly created jobs have pushed our local unemployment rate down to 4.7 percent, which is below the national rate of 5.5 percent.
“Youth unemployment on the North Coast has also fallen by more than 5 percentage points to 8.3% in the 12 months to April. This is also well below the national rate of 12.6 percent.”
“This is a great result that is about to get even better. I recently announced $17 million in Government grants to kick-start nine major projects that will create another local 1000 jobs.
“In terms of wages alone, these projects will bring in an additional $50 million every year into our community that will be spent locally, creating and securing even more jobs.”
Unemployment in the Grafton/Coffs Harbour area remains unchanged at 8.6 percent.