Lowest unemployment rate in the state

The Palaszczuk Government continues to back Far North Queensland by creating jobs and boosting the economy, according to new regional labour force data.

More than 12,100 jobs have been created in the Cairns region over the last year by the Palaszczuk Government.

Member for Cairns Michael Healy welcomed the news and said the Far North had the lowest unemployment rate in Queensland at 4.4 per cent.

“This is incredible news for workers and small business owners up here in our region,” Mr Healy said.

“The job growth rate here over the past 12 months has been 10.6 per cent, which is higher than the state average.

“As a former tourism worker, I know how important it is for jobs when governments stand up and back the tourism industry.

“The Palaszczuk Government has always prioritised regional jobs and delivered record investments in Far North Queensland tourism.”

Member for Barron River Craig Crawford said he was proud to see small businesses in his community hire local jobseekers.

“These new jobs figures show the future is looking bright here in Cairns,” Mr Crawford said.

“Jobs are being created in a range of sectors, including finance, manufacturing and technology, which is very exciting.

“Campbell Newman and the LNP left this region with an unemployment rate of nearly eight per cent.

“We’re getting on with the job and futureproofing our economy.”

Speaker of the Queensland Parliament and Member for Mulgrave Curtis Pitt said several successful Palaszczuk Government programs had provided jobseekers with new opportunities.

“Our Back to Work program has secured jobs for 3,740 Far North jobseekers with 1,695 businesses,” Mr Pitt said.

“Back to Work is also helping people into trades with more than 973 locals getting their start as an apprentice or trainee thanks to the program.

“The successful Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative is also benefiting the local community, with 2,465 participants funded to undertake valuable skills and training programs.

“1,533 Far North residents have found jobs or further training thanks to Skilling Queenslanders for Work.”



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