New ABS Labour Force figures reveal strong rise in manufacturing jobs in the last three months

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More than 91,000 manufacturing jobs have been created in Australia over the last three months, according to ABS Labour Force figures.

Acting Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Angus Taylor said the figures show there are now 80,000 more jobs in manufacturing than there was at the start of the pandemic.

“Although we know current COVID restrictions are having an impact on the economy, this strong result for the quarter takes manufacturing jobs above pre-COVID levels and bodes well for our road out of COVID-19 and shows the resilience of our economy,” Minister Taylor said.

He said the Government’s $1.5 billion investments to transform local manufacturing through its Modern Manufacturing Strategy is already yielding positive results.

“This is the first time manufacturing employment has been above 1 million jobs since 2009 and highlights the importance of our faira deal on energy, the gas-fired recovery and our $1.5 billion investment under our Modern Manufacturing Strategy,” the Minister noted.

“The Strategy is all about government backing our manufacturers to back themselves. It sends a clear signal to the industry, and businesses are responding.”

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