LABOUR Force data released by the ABS late last week has been met with disappointment by the Tasmanian Government after figures showed unemployment in the state rose by almost 1.5%.

Seasonally adjusted figures indicated an increase from 7.5% in May to 8.9% in June, causing concern for Premier Lara Giddings.

“Jobs are my government’s number one priority and we have put in place politics to stimulate investment and create jobs across the economy,” Ms Giddings said.

“But no politician can promise an overnight fix to such issues and the results from the latest Labour Force data needs to be seen in context of large spikes in unemployment in most other states.”

The Tasmanian Government is hoping to tackle unemployment rates with the Tasmanian Jobs Package 2013/14, which includes initiatives to boost construction projects and tax rebates for organisations creating new job opportunities.