VOICE Latrobe Valley Over 30,000 copies distributed FREE weekly www.lvvoice.com.au Power look to 2011 See sport Morwell earmarked as investment hotspot P3 Lake oil mystery P4 Wednesday March 30 2011 time sheet Eleven-year-old Tylah Whitehead topped the charts for the women’s 5km run in the Latrobe Regional Hospital’s inaugural fun run and walk at the weekend. The Traralgon girl came home just four seconds ahead of her mum Tanya. More than 600 people took to the Kay St circuit in Traralgon – and over $14,000 was raised for the Operation LRH appeal. The ﬁrst man across the line in the 10km run was Jonathan Dillon in a time of 33m 9s. The fastest woman in this section was Kathryn Ewels in a time of 36m 58s. For more photos from the fun run turn to P23. Mixed bag for Valley economy By Niall Boyle email@example.com OVER 1,500 people swapped the dole queues for the workforce in the Valley in recent years – however unemployment in Latrobe City is still above the Victorian average. Released last week, Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) ﬁgures show that in 2005 unemployment was 9.9% - 3,841 persons – compared with 6% - 2,335 – four years later. Morwell had the highest rate of unemployment with 875 people out of work, followed by Traralgon (645) then Moe (624). Just 0.9% above the state average at present, Prof Philip Taylor says the stats are signs of an upwards trend in the Valley. Prof Taylor, a director of research and graduate studies at Monash University, told The Voice: “The ﬁgures released by the ABS are a very positive trend in terms of unemployment. However, they’re still slightly higher than the national and Victorian average.” Prof Taylor added that the employment market in the Valley was “transforming”. The stats showed that technicians and trade workers account for 19% of the Valley’s workforce while white-collar professionals make up 14.4%. Clerical and admin workers (13.8%) are the third-largest component of the workforce. “The employment market in Latrobe Valley is transforming – and that’s indicative of the national average. The stats point to profound shift away from tradespersons to white collar – this is reﬂective of the trend we’re seeing nationally.” Other ﬁgures released have shown that average wages in the area were higher for Traralgon residents, who raked in $45,905. Moe workers earned slightly more than their counterparts in Morwell - $40,962, just $37 more on average. Total earnings in the Valley came to a grand total of $1.6 million in 2008. Council signage may need to be reworked also. Signage entering the Valley declares there are 74,000 residents here – but stats show this number to be incorrect. In 2009, there were 79,964 residents in the Latrobe Valley. The ﬁgure is expected to have easily topped the 80,000 mark in 2011 with an extremely healthy birth rate. Over 1,000 babies were born in 2008 in comparison with 856 three years previous.