Job seekers triple in Alpine

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JOBSEEKER RISE: Helen Haines (MHR, Indid), pictured in Bright earlier this year, 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.

STARK new figures show the number of Alpine job seekers has more than tripled since March, with the harsh impact of the COVID-19 lockdown on local businesses only just being realised.
The data, released by the Department of Social Services last week, showed 264 Myrtleford residents were on JobSeeker in July, compared to 155 in March.
More concerning, 524 Bright and Mount Beauty residents are currently on JobSeeker, compared to 172 in March and before the cancellation of the ski season and the border closure.

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