Qld lags in full-time jobs

10 Feb 2011 10:10 AMJann Stuckey

10 February 2011

Queensland continued to lag other states in full-time job creation, highlighting the need to do everything to save and create jobs in the flood and cyclone aftermath, the Opposition said today.

LNP Shadow Treasurer Tim Nicholls said Labor Force statistics released today showed  Queensland shed full-time jobs in January and had the highest unemployment rate of any mainland state.*

“More than 6000 full-time jobs were lost in January, only partially offset by a rise in part-time jobs,” he said.

Mr Nicholls said while more than 6000 full-time jobs were lost, Queensland’s unemployment rate actually fell in January to 5.6 per cent due to a fall in numbers looking for work.

Shadow Minister for Job Creation and Small Business Jann Stuckey said Labor’s 2009 election promise of 100,000 new breadwinning jobs was looking dubious with just 33,321 full-time jobs created so far on the governments preferred trend measure.

“Employment figures have been bouncing around in the past couple of months, but it’s clear Queensland has been trailing the nation in job creation for a long time,” Ms Stuckey said.

Mr Nicholls said the prolonged weakness in Queensland’s jobs market made it even more critical for the government to get a move on and distribute flood and cyclone reconstruction funds as quickly as possible, not only to rebuild our towns and cities, but also to keep Queenslanders working. 

“Figures released today showing how little of the Premier’s Disaster Relief funds have been distributed are a real worry and the government needs to get a move on to rebuild and create jobs.”
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* All figures quoted are seasonally adjusted unless otherwise stated.