Unemployment still up in Mackay under Labor

18 Dec 2015 12:00 AMJohn-Paul Langbroek

Unemployment in Mackay is skyrocketing under the Palaszczuk Labor Government with more than 7000 fewer jobs since February and at least 300 jobs lost in the last month.

Latest figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics show the unemployment rate in the Mackay region has increased from 6.1 per cent to 7.8 per cent since February 2015.

 

Deputy Opposition Leader John-Paul Langbroek said the disappointing figures came the day after the Treasurer’s budget strategy was labelled a dud by the Auditor-General.

 

“This do-nothing Labor Government continues to hold the Mackay region back, despite promising to create jobs for Queensland,” Mr Langbroek said.

 

“On top of consistently poor employment figures, the Treasurer’s tricky cash grab to move debt from one credit card to another has been labelled a “short-term” strategy that “cannot be relied upon”.

 

“Under Labor, debt will not be reduced and despite raiding government employees’ long service leave, the budget position will not improve.

 

“Queenslanders deserve better than a government frozen in indecision and inaction, with no plan to boost the economy or create jobs in Mackay.”

 

Mr Langbroek said the LNP remained the party with a plan to unleash Queensland’s true potential.

 

“It is clear Curtis Pitt is a D-grade Treasurer incapable of managing the budget or getting the jobs Queenslanders desperately need,” he said.

 

“When it comes to stimulating the economy, boosting confidence and creating jobs, only the LNP can be trusted to have a plan and deliver.

 

“Queenslanders deserved better than a do-nothing Labor Government, more interested in its own political survival than delivering the jobs it promised.” 

 

MACKAY FAST FACTS

Measure

Feb 2015

Nov 2015

Unemployment rate

6.1

7.8

Total employed

100,400

93,100

Participation rate

74.6

69.9

 

 

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