Tasmanian jobs boom as women star

Women are leading the way in Tasmania’s jobs boom.

ON THE WAY UP: Tasmania's jobs boom continued in August, with 600 jobs added statewide, ABS figures showed. Picture: Cordell Richardson.

ON THE WAY UP: Tasmania's jobs boom continued in August, with 600 jobs added statewide, ABS figures showed. Picture: Cordell Richardson.

The state added 600 jobs in August, taking the gains in a 14-month positive run to 10,000, according to trend terms Australian Bureau of Statistics figures.

About 400 of the extra 600 jobs in August went to females.

That took total female employment to a record 117,200.

Total state employment also notched a record, reaching 246,500.

Men remained short of their employment peak, but gained 200 jobs in August, with male employment rising to 129,300.

Full-time employment growth slowed to 100, which was its weakest increase since December.

Full-time jobs held by males decreased by 200 in August, while female full-time workers increased by 300.

Even so, males continued to dominate full-time positions (102,000 to 53,100).

Treasurer Peter Gutwein said Tasmania had the fastest jobs growth in the country in the last year, with a “massive” 4 per cent increase.

”The ABS data also shows that since the election of the Hodgman Government, 11,500 jobs have been created and the participation rate is the highest since early 2015,” Mr Gutwein said.

“But we know there is still a lot more to do.

“That’s why we have set a target to reduce youth unemployment to the national average and to have the lowest unemployment rate of any state in the country by 2022.”

Shadow Treasurer Scott Bacon said: “Overall, this is a positive update, though we would have liked to have seen greater growth in full-time employment.”

“The full-time employment column is the one Labor is focussed on in the lead-up to the election.

“When we are out listening to Tasmanians, they not only identify jobs as a key issue, but they talk about the importance of meaningful, full-time employment.

“We encourage the government to be more proactive when it comes to supporting rural and regional Tasmania.”

Mr Bacon said the private sector was doing the heavy lifting, but Tasmania needed the government  to “do its bit” with infrastructure investment.

The state participation rate (the percentage of people aged 15 years and older either employed or actively looking for work) ticked up to 61.3 per cent.

It had risen by 1.6 percentage points since January.

The higher participation rate meant the unemployment rate also increased  in August, from 6 per cent to 6.1 per cent.

Regional jobs figures for August will be released on September 21.

Figures to the end of July showed most of the recent growth had been in Hobart.

Averaging the 12 months of original terms regional data until the end of July showed the South’s average number of jobs per month had improved by 2200 compared to the previous year.

The North was picking up after a weak period, with a gain of 400 compared to the past year.

The North-West and West were down by 100 jobs.

The nation gained 54,200 jobs in August in seasonally adjusted terms.

That included an increase of 40,100 full-time jobs.

The ABS said national full-time jobs had increased by 251,200 since August 2016.

The national unemployment rate was steady at 5.6 per cent.

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