Thousands of jobs lost under Labor

6 Aug 2015 12:00 AMJohn-Paul Langbroek

Job-seekers will be disappointed again with Queensland losing more full-time jobs than any other state in Australia last month.


Shadow Treasurer John-Paul Langbroek said the state’s unemployment rate leapt 0.4 percentage points and highlights the repercussions of having a government with no plan.


“The latest unemployment data shows Queensland continues to go backwards despite the Treasurer promising a pro-jobs budget,” Mr Langbroek said.


“It also reinforces the Palaszczuk Labor Government has no plan to stimulate employment or increase economic activity.


“Seasonally adjusted unemployment in Queensland increased by 0.4 percentage points and Queensland’s unemployment rate continues to be above the national average on both measures.


“Queensland lost almost 22,000 full-time jobs in July on a seasonally adjusted basis, more than any other state in Australia.


“The fact is, our state has less full-time jobs than in February when this Labor government was elected and almost 10,000 more Queenslanders joined the unemployment queue last month.”


Mr Langbroek said Queensland’s trend unemployment rate at 6.3 per cent remains above the national average and is the third-highest in the country.


“This government continues to be plagued with controversy and inexperience instead of delivering job-creating infrastructure,” he said.


“These latest figures come off the back of a budget which predicts unemployment in Queensland will remain at 6.5 per cent for at least the next two years.


“Economic growth is also forecast to be weaker than previously anticipated.”


Mr Langbroek said under Labor Queensland’s economy remained flat and it is time for the Premier to take these figures seriously.


“It goes to show that despite all Labor’s rhetoric – this government is bad for jobs and it is bad for growth.”

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