May 7, 2003

Northern Territory: 8 jobs seekers for every vacancy

NORTHERN TERRITORY: 8 JOB SEEKERS FOR EVERY VACANCY

MEDIA RELEASE: Anthony Albanese – 7 May 2003

For every job advertised on the Howard Government’s much-vaunted Australian Job Search website in the Northern Territory there are 8 job seekers.

An analysis of Government data reveals that there are 4,300 job seekers in the Territory and only 536 jobs on the Job Search website – many of which are part-time.

This new analysis comes on top of the latest ANZ survey which found that in April the number of job ads in newspapers across the country had slumped 12.1% to a 9 year low.

These latest figures highlight the gloomy situation confronting those Australians who simply want to work and provide for their families.

At a time when there is simply not enough jobs to go around we have a Minister and a Government more concerned about promoting a computer system that can send SMS’s to those few job seekers fortunate enough to be able to afford a mobile phone. This is nothing short of perverse priorities.

Also at a time when job seekers need more, not less personalised assistance the Government is closing 62% of the Job Network sites located in the Territory. This translates into the loss of 18 sites between now and 1 July.

The Government has promised that nationally there will be up to 50,000 jobs advertises on the Job Search website – today there are only 31,762.

After 7 years in office the Howard Government’s employment strategies have only been able to deliver a rise in long-term unemployment. The number of people unemployed for more than 12 months is higher today than when the Howard Government was first elected to office. This is a national disgrace.

The latest analysis of vacancy numbers confirms that this situation is only likely to get worse.