New jobs fill­ing the hole left by min­ing

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QUEENS­LAND’s ser­vice in­dus­try is driv­ing jobs growth in the state, ac­count­ing for four in five new jobs.

The Aus­tralia In­sti­tute re­ports the growth will con­tinue through to the end of the decade.

Health and com­mu­nity ser­vices, ed­u­ca­tion, pro­fes­sional ser­vices and tourism-re­lated ser­vices each grew over the past two years.

Each in­dus­try cre­ated more new jobs than were lost from min­ing in that pe­riod, with health­care and so­cial as­sis­tance in­creas­ing by 43,000 jobs and ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing work up by 34,000 po­si­tions, as the two strong­est growth sec­tors.

Re­searcher Tom Swann says Aus­tralian Bureau of Sta­tis­tics data shows marked em­ploy­ment im­prove­ments af­ter some volatile years.

“Last year jobs growth in Queens­land hit a seven-year high, the un­em­ploy­ment rate fell, and all this while the par­tic­i­pa­tion edged up­wards and the min­ing in­dus­try shed a record amount of jobs,” he says.

“Most of the growth has come from ser­vices, which al­ready pro­vide four in five jobs in Queens­land.

“These in­dus­tries are well placed to con­trib­ute new jobs in com­ing years.

“The eas­ing of the high dol­lar and cost pres­sures as­so­ci­ated with the phase out of min­ing con­struc­tion cre­ates a re­ally pos­i­tive sit­u­a­tion for jobs growth in many in­dus­tries in Queens­land.”

BLOS­SOM­ING: Jobs in ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing rose by 34,000 in two years.

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