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Workforce diversity driving NSW economy

Last published on 21 Sep 2018 in Media releases

Women are driving the State's jobs boom with the latest ABS data revealing females in NSW have landed more new jobs than in the rest of Australia combined over the past year.

Minister for Women Tanya Davies said an additional 76,600 new jobs created in NSW in the last 12 months are held by women. "More women have joined the workforce since 2015 than in the whole of Labor's last eight years in Government, and there are now more new female full-time jobs since the last election than in all of Labor's last decade."

"While there is still more work to be done to realise gender equity, these figures show we are making significant steps in the right direction."

"The NSW Government is committed to promoting gender equality and advancing the economic status of women of all ages and backgrounds by boosting women's workforce participation and improving workplace flexibility," Mrs Davies said.

Women are also at the forefront of jobs growth sweeping across regional NSW, with 65 per cent of the 99,500 jobs added since 2015 represented by women.

"The investment boom in NSW is resulting in a growth in frontline services, opening up a diverse range of new employment opportunities in our regions."

"The NSW Government is helping to create these opportunities through record infrastructure investment, which is providing increased options for regional employers and employees alike," Mrs Davies added.

Since 2015, 59 per cent of all new jobs and 64 per cent of new jobs for over-54s in NSW have gone to women.

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