Unemployment jumps in Queensland

18 Feb 2016 4:50 PMJohn-Paul Langbroek

Queensland experienced the largest jump in the unemployment rate of any state in Australia last month.

LNP Opposition Treasury spokesman John-Paul Langbroek said the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased by 0.5 percentage points in January, up to 6.4 per cent.

Mr Langbroek said the trend unemployment rate had also been revised up to 6.1 per cent, demonstrating once again that the Palaszczuk Labor Government’s economic mismanagement is holding Queensland back.

“Queensland’s unemployment rate is far higher than the national average, and we’re yet to see a plan from the Palaszczuk Government to address this issue,” Mr Langbroek said.

“We have the second highest unemployment rate on mainland Australia, almost a full percentage point higher than New South Wales.

“The unemployment queue increased by 13,700 people last month, seasonally adjusted.

 

“Regional communities particularly are hurting after the loss of thousands of jobs in and around Mackay, Townsville, the Fitzroy region and Outback Queensland.

“This hasn’t been helped by the government standing in the way of major works and projects like Abbott Point, Acland, Adani and sand mining on Stradbroke Island.”

Mr Langbroek said despite the Labor Government’s “jobs” mantra, Queensland had fallen behind other states and business confidence had stalled.

“Independent bodies like Deloitte Access Economics have described infrastructure investment in Queensland as being in freefall and the CCIQ’s Pulse Survey identifies state government inaction as weighing heavily on business sentiment,” he said.

“It’s clear that after a year in office this government is frozen at the wheel, with no plan for jobs or the economy.

“Only the LNP has the experienced team needed to unlock Queensland’s true potential.”

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