Agriculture jobs boom in region
LABOUR figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics show the Wide Bay is responsible for the largest level of agricultural employment in Queensland.
According to statistics based on data from November 2016, Wide Bay employs 20.68% of Queensland’s agricultural employees, with 11,500 rural employees.
The second highest results were from Fitzroy and Cairns.
Wide Bay’s agricultural employment levels have increased by 15% in the past year.
Queensland Farmers’ Federation president Stuart Armitage said the area’s high level of production was a factor.
“The Wide Bay region has seen considerable growth in the traditionally labourintensive horticultural industries,” Mr Armitage said.
“The region now produces 75% of Australia’s sweet potatoes.
“Melon production has also seen strong growth.”
Mr Armitage said growth could potentially increase in the next year.
“It is a great time to be involved in agriculture,” he said.
“Quality Queensland products are in high demand and confidence among farmers in many industries remains high following some encouraging recent rain, a reasonable seasonal outlook and strong prices for a number of commodities.”
Ag workers are in high demand.