During 2010 and 2014 the Victorian economy was under pressure. In just 4 years of the previous government the unemployment rate rose to a high of 6.9% – the highest unemployment except for Tasmania.
As one of the first decisions, the Andrews Labor Government introduced the Back to Work plan into the Parliament.
This plan enabled $100 million in financial assistance to provide incentive to businesses to employ workers, like unemployed youth, retrenched employees, and the long term unemployed.
Since 2014, over 180,000 jobs have been created in Victoria. By mid 2016 the unemployment rate had dropped to 5.5%.