Job advertisements had increased strongly in all three Tasmanian regions, Treasurer Peter Gutwein said.
Mr Gutwein said that was a good sign of employers wanting to take on more staff.
He was speaking after Australian Bureau of Statistics figures showed the combined North-West and West Coast averaged 1400 fewer jobs per month in the year to July than in the previous year.
Launceston and the North-East added 2600 and Greater Hobart gained 4700.
The North-West numbers prompted Labor’s Anita Dow to suggest there appeared to be a regional skills problem which needed addressing.
Mr Gutwein said: “The job advertisements come on top of the record levels of employment as reported by the ABS last week, with 249,700 employed.”
“This is 14,700 more Tasmanians employed than when we were first elected.
“The Hodgman Liberal government has continued to focus on job creation as a priority, and statistics from the Australian Department of Jobs and Small Business shows that internet advertisements for job vacancies for July 2018 are up 13.5 per cent compared to the previous year,” Mr Gutwein said.
” … the data shows that there has been strong annual growth in occupations advertised relating to machinery operators and drivers and technicians and trades workers.
“As a result of this growth, around a third of the jobs advertised were construction related, reflecting Tasmania’s buoyant construction sector.”
Mr Gutwein said the government had a long-term plan to provide more jobs to Tasmanians and committed a record investment of $2.6 billion in this year’s budget for roads, hospitals, and schools.
“To ensure we have a job-ready workforce for increased demand, we have set a target to increase the number of workers in building and construction by 25 per cent over the next five years.”
The department estimated vacancies were up in all eight occupation groups in July, compared to July 2017.
The increases were:
- Managers, 19 per cent;
- professionals, 11.5 per cent;
- technicians and tradies, 19.6 per cent;
- clerical and administrative services, 16 per cent;
- community and personal services, 12.8 per cent;
- sales workers, 1.3 per cent;
- machinery operators and drivers, 26.5 per cent; and
- labourers, 7.5 per cent.