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Lack of workers leaves regional employers desperate

Michael McLaren

Kim Houghton, Chief Economist at the Regional Australia Institute Chief Economist, joins Michael to discuss their latest report that reveals the demand for workers in regional Australia has hit an all-time high, with more than 66,200 jobs available in regional towns and cities across the country.

 

In March 2021, a record number of jobs were advertised in regional areas of New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania and the Australian Capital Territory.

 

In Queensland and Western Australia, regional job vacancies were not far below previous records, while in the Northern Territory, regional job ads have been trending higher over the past eight months.

 

Dr Houghton says the Dubbo and Western NSW Region recorded the strongest annual growth, with job ads up by 117% in the year to March 2021.

 

“Each and every one of the thirty-two regions outside of the mainland state capitals had more vacancies in March 2021 than in the previous month and also more vacancies than a year earlier,” Dr Houghton says.

 

The stand-out sector driving labour demand in regional areas is Health Care and Social Assistance, followed by Public Administration and Safety, then the Professional, Scientific and Technical Services sectors.

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