YOU'RE HIRED!: Billy-Joh Ballantyne and Sharon Matthews from Nortec, with Ellie Slater and Sarah Hannaford from Chau and Hennessy Professional Accountants (CHPA). Ellie is a former Nortec client who was hired by CHPA during Nortec's 1000 Jobs In 100 Days campaign. Photo: Gemima Harvey/ Coffs Coast Advocate
YOU'RE HIRED!: Billy-Joh Ballantyne and Sharon Matthews from Nortec, with Ellie Slater and Sarah Hannaford from Chau and Hennessy Professional Accountants (CHPA). Ellie is a former Nortec client who was hired by CHPA during Nortec's 1000 Jobs In 100 Days campaign. Photo: Gemima Harvey/ Coffs Coast Advocate Gemima Harvey/Coffs Coast Advoca

No need for Nortec to get a haircut, they're creating jobs

NORTEC'S annual 1000 Jobs In 100 Days campaign has ended, with 983 placements being made.

The campaign ran from August 1 to November 8, with the aim to focus on employment opportunities in our region, which is traditionally a high unemployment area compared to the rest of Australia.

Now in its fifth year, the campaign has seen thousands of people throughout the region gain employment, with hospitality (23%), retail (16%) and agriculture (15%) the top industries for employment this year.

Construction, which has been a high employer in the last few years with the road projects in the area, came in at 10%.

While placing 983 jobseekers is no mean feat, it is the first time Nortec's 1000 job target was not met, with numbers declining year on year.

According to the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, the unemployment rate in northern NSW is 6%, compared to the state unemployment rate of 5.3%.

1000 Jobs In 100 Days stats since 2010:
2010 - 1238
2011 - 1167
2012- 1131
2013 - 1091
2014 - 983



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