Shadow Treasurer Scott Bacon has cautiously welcomed the latest set of employment figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

Unemployment remains steady at 6.5% and while there’s been a slight increase in full-time employment, total employment has marginally reduced.

“The one concern is a falling participation rate,” Mr Bacon said.

“We’ve seen a steady decline in the participation rate since November last year.

“At 60.9% Tasmania ranks last of all Australian states. It’s a certainly a trend we do not want to see continue. 

“I welcome the positive results in today’s announcement, but with job losses pending on the North-West Coast it’s time for hard work not celebration.

“The Liberal Government must demonstrate it’s working to stimulate employment and implementing measures to increase participation.

“Labor’s made a pledge to be positive from opposition and there’s a lot to be optimistic about, but the participation rate can’t be ignored.

“We need to make sure people are confident about entering the jobs market and optimistic about finding employment.”