The biggest challenge in finding work in Australia’s capital city is that the job market has not been good for many.
The unemployment rate in Victoria is 4.3 per cent, the lowest in the country, and the number of unemployed people in Victoria has fallen from an estimated 14.4 per cent in April to 6.4 million in November.
“In terms of job availability and the overall outlook for the labour market, we are in a better place than many of our counterparts around the world,” says Mr Morrison.
In contrast, the unemployment rate across the rest of the country is double that in Victoria.
The average unemployment rate among workers aged 16 to 24 in Western Australia is 2.7 per cent.
That compares with 5.6 per cent for workers aged 25 to 34, and 5.9 per cent among workers 25 to 44.
There are still some signs that the downturn may be slowing down.
While the number in Victoria’s labour force dropped from 4.2 million in April, the number was up by almost 600,000 from November.
There were 2.4 more job vacancies in Victoria in November than in the same month last year.
And the unemployment for workers in Victoria aged 25 and over rose by just over 400,000 to 12.3 million, according to the latest figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
But Mr Morrison has a message for the unemployed, pointing to the fact that their wages are going up, that there is more job growth, and that the rate of unemployment is falling.
His message is that employers are not as concerned about their wages as they used to be.
“[We have] an increased awareness of the importance of pay and that is the right thing to do, to invest in your workers,” he said.
Employers will need to invest to retain employees.
This means they will need more training.
It will also mean a more competitive workplace.
We need to recognise that the current labour market conditions, and a better understanding of what employers need, is really important.
If employers are going to retain and recruit employees they need to be better educated and better equipped.
He says employers are starting to realise that the key is to build relationships and to develop an inclusive workplace, and this is happening.
Mr Morrison has also launched the Labor’s New Jobs Guarantee, which he says will make it easier for employers to hire new people, and make sure that all Australians are able to enjoy the same opportunity.
As for job opportunities, Mr Morrison said that the government is working hard to attract and retain good jobs, but that they have some tough decisions to make.
“It’s about getting Australians employed, getting people back to work and getting Australians back to the workforce,” he told ABC radio on Wednesday.
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