Out­look for Queens­land jobs and growth im­proves

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

THE Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try Queens­land says the strong jobs and eco­nomic growth fig­ures re­leased this month should be a cat­a­lyst for Queens­land busi­nesses to in­vest and em­ploy.

CCIQ gen­eral man­ager of ad­vo­cacy Nick Behrens said the data would be a big boost to busi­ness and con­sumer con­fi­dence and showed the state’s econ­omy was bounc­ing back. It comes as the state gov­ern­ment an­nounced gross state prod­uct had risen by 4.0 per cent in 2012-13 – com­pared to the 2.6 per cent av­er­age of the other states – while ABS data showed 16,500 new jobs were cre­ated in Queens­land in Septem­ber.

‘‘In the last two days we have seen ex­tremely pos­i­tive labour force and eco­nomic data com­ing out of Queens­land, which sug­gests the state’s econ­omy has turned a cor­ner,’’ Mr Behrens said.

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