Queensland’s unemployment rate jumps to 6.7 per cent

7 May 2015 9:00 AMJohn-Paul Langbroek

Today’s ABS labour force figures show Queensland’s unemployment rate continues to trend upwards since the election of the Palaszczuk-Gordon Government.

Shadow Treasurer John-Paul Langbroek said Queensland’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased to 6.7 per cent in April, 0.5 percentage points higher than the national average.

 “I’m pleased there was an overall increase in employment in Queensland last month, but it wasn’t enough to stop our unemployment rate slipping further,” Mr Langbroek said.

“While the trend unemployment rate remained steady, it is also 0.5 per cent higher than the national average.

 “The last time unemployment in Queensland was this high, the now Treasurer said ‘the official numbers don’t lie and they tell a very disturbing story’.”

“In the lead up to the last election Labor pledged to fix Queensland’s unemployment rate, but it has only increased since this government’s election.

“It’s now up to the Treasurer and Premier to step up and outline what they are going to do to get more Queenslanders into work.”

Mr Langbroek said business confidence and business conditions had both fallen heavily since the Labor Government’s election.

“We know business confidence is at its lowest level in six years and business conditions are the worst in a decade,” he said.

“The latest CCIQ survey shows the business outlook has gone backwards in every single region in Queensland since the election of this inexperienced government.

“These results are hardly surprising considering they stopped $8 billion worth of investment and thousands of jobs in one week alone.

“The business community has decried Labor’s lack of infrastructure plan, and this is having an impact.

“Instead of implementing review after review, this government should be coming up with a plan to give businesses the confidence they need to employ more Queenslanders.”

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