Tasmanian full-time jobs continued to vanish in June, with modest overall growth only due to part-time work.
In trend terms, the Australian Bureau of Statistics estimated:
- The state lost a net 300 full-time jobs in June;
- full-time jobs had declined for 12 months straight; and
- had declined by 6200 since June last year.
The estimated overall monthly jobs growth of 100 was because of part-time jobs replacing full-time jobs.
Shadow Jobs Minister Michelle O'Byrne described it as a "growing jobs emergency" and blamed the state government.
"This is a government which told Tasmanians they were in a golden age, but it has never been clearer that has been squandered," Ms O'Byrne said.
"This is a government which knows Tasmanian jobs are in freefall, but has done nothing to address this emergency."
Acting Treasurer Elise Archer said the government was delivering on its plan to grow the economy and create jobs.
"This year's state budget sees record investments in infrastructure, health and education, which underpins the creation of 10,000 jobs across the forward estimates," Ms Archer said.
"We welcome the increase in employment in June 2019 and note that the unemployment rate remains steady."
June was the second consecutive month of overall jobs growth, taking total employment to 247,500.
That was down by 2800 since the all-time record of 250,300 set in June 2018.
The number of unemployed Tasmanians was estimated to have increased by 200 in June to 17,800.
That was the most since late 2014.
The jobless rate was steady at 6.7 per cent and the participation rate edged down.