We’re fall­ing be­hind

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QUEENS­LAN­DERS are earn­ing less un­der La­bor and it’s get­ting harder and harder to get hours and hold on to a job, ac­cord­ing to the lat­est ABS fig­ures.

Weekly earn­ings growth in Queensland is the weak­est in the na­tion.

In the last year, av­er­age weekly earn­ings have in­creased by just 0.5 per cent, com­pared to the na­tional av­er­age of 1.6 per cent.

Stag­ger­ingly, Queens­lan­ders would be earn­ing al­most $1,200 ex­tra every year if wages growth in Queensland had kept pace with the rest of the coun­try since La­bor’s elec­tion.

While weekly earn­ings are barely in­creas­ing, La­bor has been in­creas­ing taxes and fees such as car rego at 3.5 per cent.

All these fig­ures con­firm that un­der An­nasta­cia Palaszczuk, Queens­lan­ders are earn­ing less and fall­ing be­hind.

And Queensland’s un­em­ploy­ment rate is the second-worst in the coun­try.

We know Queens­lan­ders are not just wor­ried about los­ing their jobs, but los­ing work hours.

The num­ber of un­der­em­ployed peo­ple has spiked by around 30,000 in the last 12 months.

It’s just another kick in the guts for Queens­lan­ders strug­gling to get ahead un­der this La­bor Gov­ern­ment.

— Scott Emer­son MP

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