State lag­ging be­hind

Daily Mercury - - YOUR SAY -

QUEENS­LAND’S unem­ploy­ment rate rose to 6.3 per cent (on a trend ba­sis) in Au­gust as it con­tin­ues to lag the na­tional bench­mark of 5.3 per cent de­spite a bet­ter than ex­pected in­crease in full-time po­si­tions ac­cord­ing to the lat­est data re­leased from the Aus­tralian Bureau of Sta­tis­tics.

The cre­ation of 6000 full­time po­si­tions has not been enough to ar­rest the state’s stub­bornly high unem­ploy­ment rate, now the worst in the coun­try.

The data, de­spite show­ing some pos­i­tives, again high­lights the em­ploy­ment chal­lenge fac­ing the lo­cal econ­omy and pol­icy mak­ers more broadly.

The head­line job gains for Queens­land was a pos­i­tive that has largely been over­shad­owed by the job­less bench­mark.

De­spite anec­do­tal ev­i­dence of em­ploy­ers look­ing to take on more staff, pol­icy mak­ers need to en­sure ev­ery ini­tia­tive is both tar­geted and aimed at get­ting the unem­ploy­ment rate be­low 6 per cent. Dan Petrie

Head of Me­dia and In­dus­try,

Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try Queens­land

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