Men fare badly in job­less rate

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - JES­SICA MARSZALEK STEVEN WARDILL

QUEENS­LAND men are strug­gling for work even as the state’s un­em­ploy­ment rate drops, with new fig­ures show­ing the gen­der di­vide for the job­less is wors­en­ing.

Aus­tralia’s un­em­ploy­ment rate rose slightly to 6 per cent for June as an ex­tra 27,200 joined the job queue, be­hind 514,000 oth­ers, the Aus­tralian Bureau of Sta­tis­tics re­ported. Queens­land man­aged to buck the trend, with its sea­son­ally ad­justed un­em­ploy­ment rate fall­ing from 6.3 per cent to 6.1 per cent as 5600 fewer peo­ple strug­gled to find paid work.

But, for men, the news was not good. The state’s male un­em­ploy­ment rate went up one per­cent­age point to 7 per cent, while women’s dropped to 5.1 per cent from 5.6.

It’s the best rate for women since Septem­ber 2011 and the equal worst for men in a year.

State Em­ploy­ment Min­is­ter Curtis Pitt said there were pos­i­tive signs. “It is still too high but we are still happy to see where that is go­ing,” he said. “I think there is a gen­uine up­lift in the econ­omy.”

Mr Pitt cred­ited the Palaszczuk Gov­ern­ment’s more me­thod­i­cal ap­proach of ad­min­is­ter­ing the state with help­ing busi­ness con­fi­dence.

Fed­eral Em­ploy­ment Min­is­ter Eric Abetz agreed there were “green shoots” in the econ­omy that were blos­som­ing into jobs. He de­scribed the fig­ures as “rel­a­tively sta­ble”.

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