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National Skills Commission Internet Vacancy Index shows mid-west vacancies double pre-pandemic levels | West Central Daily

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Unemployment in the central west fell to a low of 2.2% in December, while job vacancies in the region remained at their highest level in years, the latest employment figures show. The National Skills Commission’s seasonally adjusted Internet Job Vacancies Index shows job vacancies at nearly double pre-pandemic levels in December. Between 2016 and 2019, job postings remained relatively stable in the region, but have exploded since the pandemic, increasing by around 1,000 jobs since June 2020 to reach the latest figure of 2,090 postings. The latest statistics confirm anecdotal evidence of labor shortages in many industries, including childcare, retail, hospitality and healthcare. According to the Internet Vacancy Demand Index, the most in-demand occupations in the Midwest in December were salespersons (150 jobs), followed by general clerks (96), registered nurses (84), workers (62), childcare workers (56), older and disabled workers (53), retail managers (44) and waiters (43). A more recent look at job boards shows employers are also looking for workers in trades and services, with 56 jobs for trades people announced on Tuesday in Orange alone and 192 positions in the Blue Mountains region. and the Midwest. The latest report from the Regional Australia Institute says regional labor markets across Australia are “generally operating at full employment” and labor shortages “have really started to be felt in 2021″. “Additional policy measures regarding education and training, as well as housing, are needed if labor supply (especially skilled labor) is to meet labor demand. in the regions,” said the Institute’s chief economist, Dr. Kim Houghton. Meanwhile, the latest ABS Labor Force Survey shows health care and social assistance overtook agriculture, fishing and forestry as the Midwest’s biggest employer in November, accounting for 13.8 % of all jobs. Agriculture, fishing and forestry now employ 13.6% of workers in the region, followed by education and training (8.8%), accommodation and catering (8.5% ) and construction (6.8%). Our reporters work hard to provide local, up-to-date news to the community. Here’s how you can continue to access our trusted content: