Jobs figures improve but Labor still has work to do

12 Nov 2015 4:23 PMJohn-Paul Langbroek

Shadow Treasurer John-Paul Langbroek has welcomed the latest the Australian Bureau of Statistics jobs data, showing strong employment growth across Australia.


Mr Langbroek said while this was good news for the economy, Queensland’s unemployment rate was still above the national average.


“While the latest jobs figures are positive, it’s not the time to be cracking open the champagne just yet,” he said.


“Almost 1,700 full-time jobs were lost in Queensland last month and we’ve actually seen 4,600 full-time jobs lost since March this year.


“This signals there is still a weakness that persists in the jobs market and other economic indicators also point to this fact.”


Mr Langbroek said the Treasurer’s own budget papers showed unemployment in Queensland was forecast to remain at 6.5 per cent for the next two years.


“Even Curtis Pitt’s budget showed just how much the Palaszczuk Labor Government was holding Queensland back,” he said.


“We’re yet to hear how this government is going to address this issue and we are yet to see them deliver a comprehensive plan.


“On a seasonally adjusted basis Queensland’s retail trade has gone backwards for two consecutive quarters.


“Trend building approvals have dropped for six consecutive months and the Sensis Business Index showed since Labor was elected, attitudes to state government policies has gone from a rating of +6 to a rating of -22. 


“Queensland was seen as the most supportive state in Australia for small and medium businesses under the LNP, we’ve now gone to the bottom of the pack.”


Mr Langbroek said this was a direct result of the incompetent, inexperienced and improvising Labor Government.


“Only the LNP has what it takes to unleash Queensland’s true potential,” he said.


“The longer Annastacia Palaszczuk and Curtis Pitt are running the show, the worse off our state is going to be.”


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