Employment data highlights job ahead

14 Jan 2011 12:35 PMJann Stuckey

14 January 2011

Poor employment figures released yesterday highlighted the need to do everything possible to save and create jobs in the aftermath of the flood crisis, the State Opposition said today.

Full-time Queensland jobs were lost in December and unemployment spiked to 6 per cent according to Labour Force statistics released yesterday.*

LNP Shadow Treasurer Tim Nicholls said Queensland’s unemployment rate was now the highest in the Australia.

“Queensland’s unemployment rate increased from 5.6 per cent to 6 per cent.

“This is despite the national rate falling from 5.2 per cent to 5 per cent in December 2010,” said Mr Nicholls.

“As a result of these figures, it is critical the government spends flood recovery monies wisely and provides opportunities for Queensland businesses.

Shadow Minister for Job Creation and Small Business Jann Stuckey said there is still a long way to go for the Government’s 100,000 breadwinning jobs target to be met, with just 31,683 full-time jobs created since the 2009 election according the Government’s preferred trend measure. 

“The weak state of the labour market at the end of 2010 highlights the importance of keeping people in work and creating jobs as we enter the recovery phase of the flood crisis,” said Ms Stuckey.

“I reiterate my call last week for the government to channel the recovery money through local businesses in the flood affected regions wherever practical,” said Mr Nicholls.

Media contact – Tim Nicholls 0438 859 145

* Using seasonally adjusted figures