Deputy Speaker youth unemployment has plummeted in Hume. In Hume’s north, the outer southwest of Sydney the youth jobless rate has dropped by a massive 5.6% in the last year. Around Goulburn, in an area stretching down south to Queanbeyan, youth unemployment has dropped three percentage points in the last year. Now there’s still more work to be done, but these are absolutely fantastic outcomes. The overall unemployment rate in Hume is amongst the lowest in Australia, at just 3%. I was talking to new business owners in Picton the other day Ayesha and George from Guilty or Not Gelato Bar they’re open next week and are already employing nine young casuals. They’re looking to take on more young people and training them up in icecream-making, chocolateering and being a barista. Sounds like a pretty good start to a career. In the 16-17 financial year, 470 new businesses were registered in Hume. There were 62 in Goulburn 50 at Mount Annan 40 at Picton 39 at Camden and 35 at Narellan right next door 27 at Elderslie, 23 at Silverdale 29 at Tahmoor 18 new businesses at Bargo and 11 at Crookwell and more elsewhere. So what types of jobs are being generated? Well in the north, around Camden there’s been a huge jump in retail Around 14,000 people are employed there in the retail trade And that’s a jump of 4,200 people New jobs, in retail, in just one year. One year. Healthcare and social work employ 18 and a half thousand people in northern Hume In the past year, that’s jumped by four and a half thousand people. Deputy Speaker, every lever of policy from our Government is pulling towards more jobs and better jobs. Just last week we delivered on a major commitment helping one million more Australians into work A million more than when we were elected to Government in 2013. 2017 was the best year on record for jobs growth. Our Budget will continue to build on that platform. Billions of dollars of the $75 billion infrastructure investment across Australia, Billions of that is happening in my electorate particularly in the north, up towards the new Western Sydney Airport. The construction sector in the north of Hume employs more than 14 and a half thousand people, and a further 13 and a half thousand work in the manufacturing sector in that region. That kind of job creation doesn’t happen by accident. Thriving businesses create jobs and give Australians opportunity to work, to save, to get ahead. Deputy Speaker, the Coalition Government is delivering jobs for Australians and delivering jobs for Hume.