Time to work together for South Australia

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Rising South Australian unemployment sends the clearest signal yet that it’s time for all levels of government to work together to build a stronger economy, Master Builders SA says.

South Australia’s unemployment rate rose from 6.9 per cent in March to 7 per cent in April, according to trend data released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. The story is more shocking from a seasonally adjusted basis, rising from 7 per cent to 7.3 per cent in April.

“Every other State recorded no change or enjoyed a fall in unemployment in April; South Australia is the outlier facing a harsh truth,” Master Builders SA Chief Executive Officer Ian Markos said.

“We have recently seen disagreements between Federal and State politicians about infrastructure business cases and how things are being managed.

“If anything brings people together today it should be this: South Australia has the highest unemployment rate in the country while all other States are improving.

“It’s time to work together to build our current businesses, create new industries and make South Australia a place that people want to be. That is going to take State and Federal Governments working together.

“South Australians both need and deserve that.”