Australia: The Singleton Chamber of Commerce said mass layoffs in Hunter Valley’s mining sector have left the region reeling, with business conditions at an all-time low.
Figures for May show unemployment in the Hunter has jumped 9.2 per cent, a rise of more than 3 per cent from the same corresponding period last year.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics data shows more than 4000 jobs have been lost in the region.
Mining jobs have been the hardest hit as thousands of coal workers faced the sack over the last six months.
More than 500 jobs were slashed from the Integra coal complex, which includes the Camberwell open-cut and Glennies Creek underground mines.