Unemployment is on the rise in regional NSW.
Unemployment is on the rise in regional NSW. Chris Ison

Jobless rate in regional NSW skyrockets

UNEMPLOYMENT has skyrocketed in regional NSW with one in 10 residents in the Richmond-Tweed region without a job.

Latest Australian Bureau of Statistics data show the unemployment rate has hit 9.7% in Richmond-Tweed - up from 5.1% in 2011.

The Hunter was the worst-performing region, with 12.8% unemployment compared to 5.8% four years ago.

Coffs Harbour had the lowest unemployment in regional NSW at 6.9% - up from 4.3% in March 2011.

Overall, the state's unemployment has risen from 5.9% to 8.3% over the same period.

Shadow Minister for Regional Development David Harris criticised Premier Mike Baird for failing to achieve his 2011 election goal to create 40,000 new regional jobs.

"While the Premier talks up his economic prowess, key regions of our state such as the Hunter, Richmond-Tweed, the Southern Highlands and Kiama-South Coast are being left behind," Mr Harris said.



Hunter Valley

2011: 5.8%

2015: 12.8%


2011: 5.1%

2015: 9.7%

Mid North Coast

2011: 10.1%

2015: 9.4%.

Southern Highlands-Shoalhaven

2011: 6.2%

2015: 9.3%

New England and North West

2011: 9.5%

2015: 9%


2011: 6.1%

2015: 8.7%

Central West

2011: 6.4%

2015: 8.4%

Newcastle and Lake Macquarie

2011: 4.9%

2015: 8.1%


2011: 1.3%

2015: 7.9%

Coffs Harbour

2011: 4.3%

2015: 6.9%

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