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Jobs Expos create 5,000 jobs

Ministers:

The Hon Jason Clare MP
Parliamentary Secretary for Employment

The number of jobs created by the Rudd Government's Keep Australia Working Jobs Expos has hit 5,000.

Parliamentary Secretary for Employment Jason Clare made the announcement today while at the Mid North Coast Jobs Expo in Port Macquarie.

"The idea is pretty simple. We put people looking for work in the same room as employers with jobs. And it works," Mr Clare said.

The Rudd Government has now held 13 Jobs Expos across the country and created more than 5,000 jobs.

“This is fantastic. Having a job does more than just pay the bills, it can change your life,” Mr Clare said.

One of the 5,000 people to get a job is Joshua from the Central Coast. He had been unemployed for four years until he got a job at the Central Coast Jobs Expo.

“His mum told me he is a different young man to the one he was three weeks ago,” Mr Clare said.

The Jobs Expos are part of the Rudd Government’s plan to keep Australia working. They are being run in places hit hardest by the Global Recession.

“Places like Dandenong where we created 800 jobs and Liverpool where we created 500 jobs”, Mr Clare said.

Date

Location

Number of people connected with jobs (including apprenticeships / traineeships)

14 October 2009

Launceston, TAS

200

23 October 2009

Liverpool, NSW

500

8 December 2009

Townsville, QLD

300

9 December 2009

Cairns, QLD

350

11 December 2009

Whittlesea, VIC

350

12 February 2010

Bankstown, NSW

500

19 February 2010

Elizabeth, SA

300

19 March 2010

Lismore, NSW

100

25 March 2010

Wollongong, NSW

500

30 March 2010

Tumbi Umbi, NSW

600

15 April 2010

Dandenong, VIC

800

22 April 2010

Rockingham, WA

450

29 April 2010

Port Macquarie, NSW

250

There are still 11 Jobs Expos to go in places like Penrith, Ipswich and Shepparton. The next Jobs Expo is in Ballarat on Thursday 6 May.