MEDIA RELEASE - DUNKLEY HIT HARD BY UNEMPLOYMENT - 11 SEPTEMBER 2020

PETA MURPHY MP
MEMBER FOR DUNKLEY

  

DUNKLEY HIT HARD BY UNEMPLOYMENT

The latest data from the Department of Social Services shows a 45% increase in people on Job Seeker and a 51% increase on Youth Allowance in Dunkley from March to July 2020.

4,402 additional people are now recipients of Job Seeker whilst Youth Allowance has increased by 557 in Dunkley.

Amongst the hardest hit suburbs include Frankston South which saw a 65% increase in Job Seeker and a 68% increase in Youth Allowance. Skye/Sandhurst also saw a significant jump with a 59% increase in Job Seeker and 73% increase in Youth Allowance.

Federal Member for Dunkley Peta Murphy MP says her community is feeling the impact of this deep economic recession.

“These numbers are concerning and show a significant loss in local jobs. I am particularly concerned about the levels of youth unemployment. We need the Federal Government to implement a real plan for jobs and economic growth that benefits our community. Last week while in parliament I met with the Deputy Prime Minister about local infrastructure projects that would bring jobs and social benefits to our community and I will keep advocating for them,” Ms Murphy said.

“With the Federal Government cutting the rate of JobKeeper at the end of this month, I’m really concerned for locals who will struggle to make ends meet. Last week in the Parliament I asked the Prime Minister why his government was cutting JobKeeper, and gave examples of the impacts on two local women”.

“The Federal Government should be providing more support for jobs and local businesses. Reducing the amount of JobKeeper in the middle of the worst recession in almost a century will not fix the problem”.

The Federal Government has announced that JobKeeper for eligible employees and business participants will be reduced for full time workers to $1,200 per fortnight from 28 September 2020 and to $1,000 per fortnight from 4 January 2021. For eligible part time employees working under 20 hours per week, this rate will be cut further to $750 per fortnight from 28 September 2020 and to $650 per fortnight from 4 January 2021.

 

DATE: 11 SEPTEMBER 2020

MEDIA CONTACT: DYLAN STEED 0400 615 862

Authorised by Paul Erickson, ALP, Canberra.