Friday, 28th April
Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing has welcomed the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) data which shows the Latrobe-Gippsland region has the fastest growing regional employment rate in the state.

The ABS Regional Labour Force data shows Latrobe-Gippsland is the fastest growing region for employment in Victoria, with a substantial 14.2 per cent increase in jobs or 16,600 people in the year to March 2017.

In the March quarter alone, employment in the Latrobe-Gippsland region increased by 7,600 people, driven by strong growth in jobs across the manufacturing and retail and trade sectors.

More generally, ABS data also shows regional employment across Victoria remains strong and increased by nearly 24,000 people in the year to March 2017.

By comparison, across the rest of Australia, regional employment decreased by 17,300 people for the same period.

Compared with the three months to November 2014, employment in regional Victoria has increased by 40,600 people.

Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing

The work continues to grow jobs and opportunities in the Latrobe-Gippsland region, and the creation of 7,600 new jobs in the last quarter to March is a really positive indicator of our momentum and potential.”
“The Andrews Labor Government is investing in long-term transition and growth for the region, including through the Latrobe Valley Authority, and this will continue to generate economic stimulus over time.”
“We are determined to provide this region with the substantive, positive engagement and support that it deserves, and to invest in services and infrastructure that make a real difference – now and for generations to come.”