Regional labour force figures released today show Far North Queensland has the largest annual jobs growth in Queensland.
Over the past 12 months, 13,800 jobs have been created in Far North Queensland.
Member for Cairns Michael Healy welcomed the news and said he was proud of the Palaszczuk Government’s commitment to regional jobs.
“This is incredible news for locals and small business owners here in Cairns,” Mr Healy said.
“It’s fantastic to see our employment rate has increased by 12 per cent in the past year.”.
“These new jobs figures show the future is looking bright here in the Far North.
“The Palaszczuk Government has always prioritised regional jobs and delivered record investments in the Cairns region.”
Mr Healy said 226,800 jobs had been created in Queensland since January 2015.
“These jobs figures show the Palaszczuk Government’s economic plan is working,” he said.
“We’re investing in tourism, agriculture and manufacturing to make sure the Far North has a diverse economy.
“Meanwhile, the LNP don’t have a plan – they only know how to cut, sack and sell.
“We’re going to keep backing regional jobs because that’s what Labor governments do.”
Minister for Employment and Small Business Shannon Fentiman said the Palaszczuk Government’s job generating programs were having an impact on jobs in our regions.
“Our Back to Work and Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiatives are fantastic contributors to our 36 months of job growth across the state,” Ms Fentiman said.
“And our free tafe and free apprenticeships initiatives will continue to drive our local skilled workforces that we need for the jobs now and into the future.”