The number of underemployed people in NSW remains at unacceptably high levels under the Berejiklian Government, according to the latest statistics.
The State Government is overlooking the fact that the number of people working part time who are available to do more is too high.
Currently there are 309,325 people working fewer than full-time hours – or 7.6 of the state’s total labour force, says the ABS.
The NSW Labor Opposition says the figures are evidence that many workers in NSW are not sharing in the promised economic benefits that Gladys Berejiklian touted as Treasurer and now Premier.
Compounding the pain, wage growth in NSW remains at record lows of 2 per cent, tracking behind the State’s inflation rate of 2.2 per cent.
Quotes attributable to Shadow Treasurer Ryan Park
“There is a huge problem of underemployment in NSW affecting a large part of the community and yet we hear nothing from this Government about what it is doing to address the issue.
“If you are one of those who are underemployed then you would really be feeling the cost of living pressures with higher electricity bills, tolls and higher transport fares.
“The Premier likes to crow about how we are doing so well in NSW, but I doubt the 300,000 people in the state who want to work more hours but aren’t getting the opportunity would agree with her.”