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Unemployment in Canterbury-Bankstown has fallen for the second successive year and is now at 7.2 per cent.
The latest Australian Bureau of Statistics figures show the number of unemployed residents in the City had dropped from 14,617 in December 2015, to 12,094 in December 2017.
Mayor Khal Asfour welcomed the improvement but indicated a lot of work still needed to be done by all levels of government.
"We cannot rest with the local unemployment rate still almost two per cent higher than the national average (5.6%)," Mayor Asfour said.
"It’s great to see our local economy generating more than $14 billion and is continuing to grow.
"We also had 33 start-up businesses opening in Canterbury-Bankstown over the last 12 months.
"That means more jobs for our 360,000 plus local residents."
For almost a decade, Council’s award-winning Canterbury-Bankstown Business Advisory Service has been working closely with local service providers, businesses, training organisations and government agencies, to create more jobs in the City and upskill job seekers.
"Our popular South-West Sydney Jobs and Skills Expo, which attracts thousands of people annually, will be back on 23-24 August and feature more than 50 stallholders," Mayor Asfour said.
"We refer newly settled migrants and refugees to the Department of Education and Training’s Adult Migrant English Program.
"And we’re part of Smart Skilled and Hired Youth Employment program which has already assisted 38 previously disengaged or unemployed youth with pathways into employment.
For more information on the Smart Skilled and Hired Youth Employment program, call 9707 9227.
20/03/2018 5:08 PM