Regional NSW strong off the blocks
29 February 2016
Regional NSW is bucking the national trend with strong jobs growth recorded in the past 12 months across the State.
Data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics this week shows that regional jobs grew by 59,000 over the last 12 months.
This is an increase of 5.1 percent, demonstrating higher growth than the strong Sydney metropolitan area which is up by 4.3 percent for the same period.
Investing in our regions
The strong regional jobs growth is linked to the NSW Government’s investment in regional areas, driving job creation and generating more opportunity for regional NSW.
Investments being delivered in our regional areas include:
- $6 billion of investment under Rebuilding NSW to accelerate capital investment in regional areas
- $110 million under the Regional Tourism Infrastructure Fund to boost visitor numbers, including vital infrastructure investment for regional airports;
- $92 million of Commonwealth, State and private funds for the Mobile Black Spot Program
- $32 million Resources for Regions Program to all local government areas affected by the mining downturn in NSW;
- Investing a total of $32 million for the Murray Darling Basin Economic Diversification Program.
Regional jobs boost
Regional jobs will be further boosted by the Jobs for NSW initiative which is allocating at least 30 percent of its $190 million funding to attract and grow businesses in regional areas.