Unemployment jumps in outback Queensland

21 Apr 2016 12:00 AMJohn-Paul Langbroek

The unemployment rate in outback Queensland has sky rocketed, with 2,000 more people out of work than they were last month, according to the latest figures released today.

  • Unemployment rate in outback Queensland has sky rocketed

  • 2,000 jobs lost in outback Queensland in the last month

  • Palaszczuk Labor Government isn’t doing anything to boost employment


Shadow Treasurer John-Paul Langbroek said data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) under the Palaszczuk Labor Government showed the unemployment rate in had gone from 8.3 per cent in February to 9.9 per cent last month.


Mr Langbroek said the news was even worse for youth unemployment, with more than 31 per cent of outback Queenslanders aged between 15 and 24 years currently out of work. Increasing by a whopping 13.8 percent since this time last year.  


“We know how tough it is to get a job in regional Queensland at the moment and this frozen at the wheel Labor Government has no plan on how to get people back into the workforce,” Mr Langbroek said.


“Instead of investing in key infrastructure projects to provide more job opportunities, Labor are sitting around doing nothing. This inaction is costing Queenslanders their jobs.”


Mr Langbroek said Queensland needed a government that was willing to act now.


“People in outback Queensland cannot afford to wait another twelve months while Treasurer Curtis Pitt tries to work out what he’s doing or for the Deputy Premier Jackie Trad to kibosh more job-creating infrastructure projects,” he said.


“Abbot Point, Adani and scrapping the ban on uranium exploration are just some of the job-creating projects our state needs to get charging again, but this Labor government won’t budge.


“Meanwhile, the Premier is sitting back and letting it happen - frozen by the demands of union overlords, extreme Green groups and her desire to keep her own job.


“This isn’t what Queenslanders voted for.”


Shadow Treasurer John-Paul Langbroek said difficult conditions on a national and global scale meant that Queensland needed solid leadership from its government.


“Last week it was revealed that Queensland was the only state to see an increase in its seasonal unemployment rate, while the rest of Australia experienced a decline.


“Our great state is facing many challenges and it’s about time the Premier and her ‘D-Grade’ Treasurer came up with a plan to overcome them.


“Only the LNP has the competence, experience and stability to unleash Queensland’s full potential.”


Fast Facts:

  • 2,000 jobs lost in the last month.

  • Unemployment rate is now 10.2% (was 8.3% last month).

  • Unemployment rate when the Palaszczuk Labor Government was elected 4.9%

  • The participation rate declined 2% in just one month.  It’s now 65.3% compared to 79.7% when ALP elected).

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