Jobless rate falls across district

Chet Kensit is among about 80 people who have started work this year at Colac
timber processor and major employer AKD. Colac’s unemployment rate has fallen this year.

COLAC’S jobless rate has fallen to below Victorian and national levels in the latest figures, with just 340 people unemployed and major employers increasing their search for workers.

March quarter unemployment statistics revealed a 5.8 per cent jobless rate statewide, while 5.9 per cent of Colac residents were unemployed, compared with 5.5 per cent at the end of 2016.

Colac Otway Shire recorded a jobless rate of only 4.6 per cent at the end of March, with neighbouring Corangamite Shire recording 3.6 per cent unemployment and Surf Coast Shire a regional low of 2.9 per cent unemployment.

Colac employers advertised more than 16 positions in the Colac Herald’s Friday edition, compared with just three jobs advertised at the same time last year.

Western District Employment Access Colac site manager Trudi Perkins said the drop in unemployment in the March quarter was “really positive” and could continue, with demand for workers and a new employment program already resulting in jobs.

Trudi said there was definitely “work out there” for people looking for a job in Colac.

“ALC has been a big boost for Colac; they’re always screaming for workers, and AKD are always advertising jobs.”

For the full story see today’s Colac Herald.

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