HUNTING is a key part of the regional economy, but rural residents have a far more difficult time getting their hands on jobs in the region.
More than 200 people in Darwin are unemployed or underemployed in regional employment and training, according to the local government’s regional employment committee.
The committee is looking at ways to help the region’s people find work in the local economy.
It said it has heard from rural residents who say they are struggling to find jobs because of the current recession and lack of job growth in the regional market.
Its chairwoman is Rebecca Copley, who has worked in the community for 20 years.
“There is a sense of frustration that people are losing their jobs and they are finding it hard to get the unemployment benefit they need,” she said.
‘People are not getting jobs’The committee’s latest report says the regional unemployment rate for regional workers was 26 per cent in the June quarter.
But that is a drop of more than four percentage points from the November quarter, when unemployment was 31 per cent.
In a statement, Darwin Regional Council said it is committed to ensuring the region is a “safe and prosperous place for all Australians”.
“It is not just about jobs, it is about people being able to meet their personal, social and work obligations and to work, travel and live in a community that is welcoming to them,” the council said.
“We are also investing in the future of the community and looking forward to the coming years with a renewed sense of confidence in Darwin and the wider region.”
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