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Has the NSW government helped create hundreds of thousands of new jobs since being elected?

By Louise Evans, James Lane & Tiffanie Turnbull

The Statement

“We’ve supported businesses to create hundreds of thousands of new jobs, delivering the lowest unemployment in NSW - ever.”

Premier Gladys Berejiklian claims NSW is the job creation capital. March 11, 2019.

The Analysis

In her campaign launch speech for the March 23 NSW election Premier Gladys Berejiklian highlighted her government’s economic record of creating more jobs. [1]

AAP FactCheck examined the premier’s claims her government had created “hundreds of thousands of new jobs” and that she’d delivered the “lowest unemployment in NSW - ever”.

AAP FactCheck found both the premier’s claims to be true.

According to seasonally-adjusted Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) figures, there were 3,484,900 people employed in NSW in April 2011 when the NSW Liberal-National coalition came to power. By January 2019 after eight years in office, that figure had grown to 4,096,200, representing an increase of 611,300 jobs. The ABS figures show the premier’s claim is true that her government has created “hundreds of thousands of new jobs”. [2]

The seasonally-adjusted ABS figures match a February 21 media release from the Premier and Treasurer Dominic Perrottet which states 611,300 jobs had been created by the coalition from 2011 to January 2019. Seasonally-adjusted data removes periodic swings in statistics in supply and demand related to changing seasons. [3]

Regarding the premier’s claim about record unemployment, the jobless rate in NSW fell 0.4 per cent to 3.9 per cent in January 2019, the lowest since monthly records began in February 1978, according ABS data. NSW was well below the national unemployment rate of five per cent and better than all other states with Victoria at 4.5 per cent, Queensland six per cent, South Australia on 6.3, West Australia 6.8 and Tasmania the worst at seven per cent. [4] [5]

The evidence shows both the premier’s claims about job creation and record unemployment rates for NSW are true.

The Verdict

  • True - The checkable claims are true.

The References

1: ‘NSW voters divided over which party has the best economic credentials’, by Alexandra Smith, Matt Wade and Lisa Visentin. The Sydney Morning Herald. March 11, 2019: https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/nsw-voters-divided-over-which-party-has-the-best-economic-credentials-20190310-p5134a.html

2: ‘Labour force status by Sex, State and Territory - Trend, Seasonally adjusted and Original’. Australia Bureau of Statistics. Table 12. January 2019: http://www.abs.gov.au/AUSSTATS/abs@.nsf/DetailsPage/6202.0Jan%202019?OpenDocument

3: ‘NSW unemployment rate lowest on record’. NSW government media. February 21, 2019: https://www.treasury.nsw.gov.au/sites/default/files/2019-02/20190221%20%20Media%20Release%20Berejiklian%20and%20Perrottet%20-%20NSW%20unemployment%20rate%20lowest%20on%20record.pdf

4: ‘6202.0 - Labour Force, Australia’, Australian Bureau of Statistics, January 2019: http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/Latestproducts/6202.0Main%20Features2Jan%202019

5: ‘Blew me away': record low unemployment figures but problems in the bush’, by Esther Han and Lisa Visentin The Sydney Morning Herald. February 21, 2019: https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/blew-me-away-record-low-unemployment-figures-but-problems-in-the-bush-20190221-p50zbs.html

Revision History

  • First published March 11, 2019 16:10 AEDT