The NSW premier has acknowledged infrastructure delays may have taken the shine off her government's achievements as the election race tightens.
Announcing her government's latest economic accomplishment on Thursday - a record unemployment rate of 3.9 per cent - Gladys Berejiklian pointed to "disruption" in big infrastructure projects when asked why she wasn't ahead in the opinion polls.
"Whenever you are introducing massive infrastructure projects you always want to minimise disruption," Ms Berejiklian told reporters.
"There are always examples that we can learn from ...that's life"
The NSW unemployment rate now sits 1.2 percentage points below the national average with three-quarters of all jobs created in January coming from the state.
Despite historic low unemployment rates and a budget surplus, an Essential poll published this week suggested the government was trailing Labor 51 to 49 on a two-party-preferred basis, a month out from the state election.
Ms Berejiklian, who was criticised on Wednesday for being seen to lash out at a reporter during a press conference in Newcastle, was asked if politicians needed a break from the stresses of an election campaign.
"No, we work harder," she replied.
"I'm under scrutiny every day of my life and I welcome it. I'll let others commentate on how I treat people."
Treasurer Dominic Perrottet intervened during the press conference to defend Ms Berejiklian.
"No one works harder than Gladys Berejiklian to deliver prosperity to the people of NSW," Mr Perrottet told reporters.
"We are going for our third term in government and that will always be a challenge because over time, issues occur."
He also lamented "inconveniences" in the rollout of the state government's more than $80 billion infrastructure spend.
The government has been criticised over its management of the eastern suburbs light rail project, which was due to be completed in early 2019, but instead could be up to a year late and more than $500 million over budget.
Australian Associated Press