Men fare badly in jobless rate
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”.