WIMMERA employment figures could rise as agricultural and service businesses prepare for a bumper harvest.
Australian Bureau of Statistics figures, released on Thursday, show Victoria's unemployment rate for August remained steady at 5.7 per cent.
But Wimmera Development Association executive director Jo Bourke said while the region's employment was stable, it could be boosted by harvest.
"What we are seeing at the moment is fairly steady employment but a lot of businesses are preparing for harvest," she said.
"The indicators are for a good harvest at the moment and there are likely to be some new opportunities in grain management.
"We are also not as affected by changes to manufacturing numbers like other regions are."
The Mail-Times reported on September 4 that Nhill-based storage business Campbell Silos was looking for more staff, while Ahrens had hired up to eight new employees.
Mrs Bourke said light engineering and logistical skills would be in high demand.
"There is the potential to be attracting new people to the area for those roles because we might not be able to fill them in the region," she said.
"Agriculture is a seasonal industry, so there is always a bit of variation in employment.
"But what we are seeing with people who come to the region is that they generally find ongoing work even if their original position was casual."
Mrs Bourke said Wimmera workers could often advance their careers more quickly than city counterparts.
"In regional areas, career advancement opportunities are generally at a faster rate than in the cities," she said.
"Good employees will be offered higher-level positions; we like to grow our own skills and good businesses in the region do that.
"People are very committed to the region, particularly in the semi-skilled and trade areas."