Only one job is available for every 10 people unemployed in New South Wales and Victoria, raising concerns electorates with thousands of people on the dole will be hit hardest if the boost to JobSeeker is cut back in September.
There are 476,000 Australians receiving unemployment payments in NSW but less than 39,800 jobs were available in May, while 389,000 people in Victoria are on the dole jostling for 28,700 available roles, new government data provided by Labor shows.
In NSW, the electorates relying the most on the supplement are Fowler (Cabramatta, Liverpool, Canley Vale), where 15,970 people are on JobSeeker; Blaxland (Bankstown, Yagoona) with 14,580; Richmond (Ballina, Byron Bay, Tweed Heads) at 14,160; and McMahon (Fairfield, Merrylands, Mincinbury) with 13,830. In Sydney (Glebe, Redfern, Alexandria) 10,930 people are on the dole while 443 are receiving Youth Allowance, totalling $6.26 million in support.
In Victoria, the electorate relying the most on the supplement is Calwell (Craigieburn, Keilor Park, Broadmeadows), where 16530 people are on JobSeeker. There are 14,920 on JobSeeker in Fraser (Sunshine, Albion, St Albans); 13,920 in Bruce (Dandenong North, Narre Warren, Springvale); and 13,300 in Lalor (Hoppers Crossing, Tarneit, Wyndham Vale). In the Melbourne electorate (Carlton, Kensington, Flemington), 11,940 people are on JobSeeker and 573 are receiving Youth Allowance, totalling $6.9 million a fortnight.