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Unemployment continues to climb in Seymour

06 March 2019

Unemployment rates continue to rise for residents across the Hume region, despite the Andrews’ Government claiming otherwise.

Member for Euroa and Deputy Leader of The Nationals Steph Ryan said that Labor’s failure to invest in new rail services along the north east and Seymour train lines are putting Seymour residents at a disadvantage and is putting a handbrake on employment opportunities for regional Victorians.

“Figures released this week by the Australian Bureau of Statistics revealed that there are 4690 fewer full-time and 2370 fewer part-time jobs for residents across the region compared to last quarter,” Ms Ryan said.

“This is just further evidence that Daniel Andrews is the Premier for Melbourne, not all of Victoria.

“Transport connectivity remains one of the key drivers for economic and job growth in regional Victoria.

“Access to fast, reliable public transport is critical in delivering more employment opportunities beyond Melbourne’s skyscrapers, helping to decentralise the state’s booming population growth.

“The current long-haul services on the north east and Seymour lines is putting Seymour residents at a huge disadvantage.”

Ms Ryan said that Labor continue to boast that residents across the Hume region have experienced some of the greatest employment gains, contrary to the latest unemployment figures.

“Instead of trying to spin the numbers, the Treasurer should be helping unemployed Victorians and that means allocating funding for new long-haul train services for the region,” Ms Ryan said.

“Better and more frequent train services for Seymour residents is a critical step in improving employment opportunities for regional Victorians.”

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