VICTORIA’s annual employment growth is the best in the nation with more than 12,000 full-time jobs created in March alone, new figures show.
Australian Bureau of Statistics data also reveal Victoria’s employment passed 3.1 million for the first time in March this year, with 216,500 new jobs created since the Victorian Government was elected in November 2014.
In the 12 months to March, Victorian employment rose by 95,300 people — nearly double the number of jobs created throughout the rest of Australia.
More than half these jobs (53,400) were full-time jobs.
Compared with other states, Victoria’s annual employment result is the highest in Australia in both absolute and percentage terms.
Treasurer Tim Pallas said the figures proved Victoria was the ‘‘jobs state’’ of Australia.
‘‘We have jobs, we have an infrastructure pipeline unparalleled in the state’s history, and we have momentum,’’ he said.
‘‘With a triple-A credit rating, employment growth that is the envy of the nation and record funding for schools, hospitals and critical infrastructure, we’re ensuring Victorians get the services and support they deserve.’’
The latest figures also show Victoria continues to build job momentum with nearly 28,000 jobs created in the past two months alone.
Victoria’s unemployment rate now sits at 6.1 per cent.