JobSeeker numbers have risen sharply

COVID-19 impact even more reason for $750m Indi spend
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JOBSEEKER RISE: Helen Haines (MHR, Indi) said a dramatic rise in people on JobSeeker payments is even more reason for the Federal Government to invest in local projects to drive jobs and help the economy. INSET: STARTLING STATS: The pictured graph highlights the concerning increase in JobSeeker numbers.

A 50 per cent rise in the number of Wangaratta job seekers relying on social welfare payments is largely being attributed to COVID-19’s harsh impact on local businesses and the economy.

The latest data from the Department of Social Services shows the number of people on JobSeeker in Wangaratta has increased from 956 in March to 1454 in July.

Numbers rose to 1309 in April, hitting a high of 1479 in May, before slightly decreasing to 1459 in June.

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