The Palaszczuk Government’s strong focus on creating jobs is paying off in the Far North.
Member for Cairns Michael Healy said recent labour force data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) showed 12,500 new jobs were created in the region over the past 12 months.
“When the Palaszczuk Government says jobs are our priority, we mean it,” Mr Healy said.
“Cairns now sits 10.9 per cent above the state average in terms of employment growth.
“That’s only achieved by investing in infrastructure, frontline services and skills and training.
“Between the $152 million Smithfield Bypass, $86.4 million upgrade to Cairns Hospital and the Convention Centre refurbishment, our ambitious capital works program is estimated to support 3,300 over the next year.
“More people are finding work thanks to the Palaszczuk Government, because we know what it takes to run an economy that works for everyone.”
Mr Healy said there was also good news for the region’s young jobseekers.
“Youth unemployment has dropped by 5.2 percentage points in the last year and is now more than 12 per cent lower than it was under the LNP.
“We’re backing Queenslanders with free apprenticeships for those under 21 as well as our free tafe initiative for year 12 graduates.
“Young people can now get a job and get their training at tafe for free, while supporting businesses by removing the cost of training.”
Minister for Employment Shannon Fentiman said programs such as Back to Work and Skilling Queenslanders for Work continue to deliver job and training opportunities.
“We know some Queenslanders are still struggling to find the right opportunity and that’s why our investment in these programs is so important,” Ms Fentiman said.
“Across the Far North, more than 1,500 people have gone on to find a job or enter further training thanks to Skilling Queenslanders.
“Under the Back to Work program, more than 3,700 jobs have been created with the help of 1,722 businesses.
“The Palaszczuk Government has backed more than 217,000 jobs since 2015, more than seven times the number of jobs than under the LNP.”