NEW data shows 570 Ballarat workers left the job force in the past 12 months.
The Small Area Labour Market figures released yesterday show the number of unemployed rose from 3028 in June last year to 3598.
Ballarat MP Sharon Knight said the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations data was the most detailed look at employment in local communities across Australia.
“These new numbers aren’t just figures on a spreadsheet. They are people in our community who are looking for a job but are unable to find one,” Ms Knight said.
“Every one of these additional 570 people who are looking for work is someone who has bills to pay and potentially even a family to support.
“Distressingly, the recent job losses we have seen at Alstom, UGL Rail and IBM are only painting part of the picture of unemployment in Ballarat.”
In the past few months, Alstom announced it would cut 33 jobs while IBM has left 30 administrative staff go from its Mt Helen base.
UGL Rail has also made 11 Ballarat workers redundant.
The figures show central Ballarat’s unemployment rate rose from 5.6 per cent to 6.2 per cent over the 12 months, while inner north Ballarat went from 6.5 to 7.3.
North Ballarat rose from 3.3 per cent to 4 and south Ballarat from 7 to 7.7.
Outside Ballarat, Hepburn West increased from 5.8 per cent to 6.1, Hepburn West slightly from 6.0 to 6.2, Bacchus Marsh from 4.4 to 5, Ballan from 3.4 to 3.8 and west Moorabool from 3.6 to 4.4.
However, Ballarat’s figure of 6.2 compares favourably to other Victorian regional centres, with Wangaratta sitting on 6.8 per cent unemployment, Bendigo with 6.9 per cent and Geelong with 7.5 per cent.