Unemployment rate on the North Coast on the decline
LABOUR market figures released during the week showed a five-month low in the national jobless rate.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics figures report Australia's unemployment rate fell from 6.2% to 5.9% in October, its lowest point since May.
Cowper MP Luke Hartsuyker, who is the Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, welcomed the figures which revealed the total number of people with jobs grew by 58,600 in the month.
"It is heartening to see one of the strongest gains in employment numbers in more than three years across Australia," Mr Hartsuyker said.
"We have more people in full-time jobs, more people in part-time work and there are more hours being worked across the whole market."
Mr Hartsuyker said the North Coast unemployment rate of 5.5% reflects economic confidence, resurgence of our agriculture industry and the Pacific Hwy upgrade which is employing up to 4,000 people directly and another 12,000 indirectly.
"We know we have a strong local economy on the North Coast and we have consistently had an unemployment rate lower than the national average for consecutive quarters," he said.
"We can now unequivocally say these figures today are a reflection of a robust North Coast, and Australian economy, particularly in NSW.
"With more Australians in jobs, more people will be saving, spending and investing which fuels our economy even further."