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Unemployment in North West Victoria skyrockets

The Nationals Member for Lowan, Emma Kealy MP says that unemployment figures recently released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics are just further evidence that the Andrew’s Labor Government city-centric policies are devastating North West Victoria.

“Unemployment in North West Victoria has jumped from 4.5% in April 2016 to 7.8% in April this year”, Ms Kealy said.

“This dramatic rise sees 2,940 more people forced into unemployment over the last twelve months. Who knows what this figure will be this time next year if this trend is allowed to continue?

“It is clear that Daniel Andrews has no jobs planned for regional Victoria and all his energy is spent looking after Melbourne at the expense of regional Victoria.

“Our regional communities need strong investment to keep them alive.

“These latest figures are just more evidence of the Labor Government’s failure to govern for anyone who lives outside Melbourne.

“People living in the Lowan electorate are sick of being treated like second-class citizens.

“It's time for Daniel Andrews’ city-centric Labor Government to go so that Western Victoria can start to move forward and we can build a better future for our region,” she said.

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