A JUNE gain of 15,000 new jobs has placed Victoria in the lead for national job creation, according to latest ABS statistics.

The surge in employment has been the state’s highest since June 2012 and according to the latest ABS Labour Force data, Victoria surpassed its nearest competitor, Western Australia, by more than 10,000 new jobs.

The data also shows that despite a rise of .4% seasonally adjusted, low unemployment in Victoria ranks the state in third position behind Western Australia and New South Wales.

Acting treasurer Gordon Rich-Phillips said the data reflected effective government strategies to support growth.

“These statistics demonstrate the fundamentals of the Victorian economy remain strong, Mr Rich-Phillips said.

“The Coalition Government’s responsible economic management will continue to build for growth right across Victoria.”

For more information about the ABS Labour Force statistics, click here.