Unemployment in Hume: Stats show drop

HUME’S unemployment numbers have fallen in the 12 months to March this year but still remain far above the state average.
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Figures from the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) show an overall decrease in unemployment in Broadmeadows, Craigieburn and Sunbury.

The drop might be only temporary, as the figures don’t take into account recent Qantas and Toyota redundancies.

Despite a decrease, Broadmeadows’ unemployment rate of 12.1 per cent is still more than double the state average of 5.2 per cent.

Broadmeadows’ jobless numbers fell from 4603 people to 3752, Craigieburn’s from 2787 to 2426, and Sunbury’s from 942 to 831.

Hume Council economic development manager George Osborne said: “When you realise more than 90,000 people are employed in more than 11,000 businesses in Hume … council is pleased to see the reduction in unemployment rates.

”We would, of course, be pleased to see a further reduction but realise that broader state, national and international economic trends also impact on local figures.”

Mr Osborne said the job cuts, especially at Melbourne Airport, would impact further on the figures.

He said tourism and property development in Hume would be some of the main reasons for the improvement.

“Substantial construction activity in both residential and commercial sectors across the city will have a positive impact on employment figures.

”Hume’s role as a transport and logistics hub supporting Melbourne’s north and west contributes strongly to employment.

“We’re also seeing growth in tourism, particularly with overnight stays associated with growth at Melbourne Airport.”

Calwell MP Maria Vamvakinou said despite recent job losses, the figures were a good result.

“The federal government has responded with measures aimed at assisting employment opportunities through co-investment and training.”