Government happy with jobs figures

Acting Premier Andrew Fraser.
Acting Premier Andrew Fraser. Dave Noonan

UNEMPLOYMENT has risen in Queensland, but the state government is pleased with its performance in creating jobs.

ABS data released on Thursday show unemployment grew from 5.4 per cent in September to 5.7 per cent in October, in seasonally adjusted terms.

Acting Premier Andrew Fraser said the government was now within striking range of its election promise of creating 100,000 jobs.

''Since the floods Queensland has seen seven months of consecutive jobs creation totalling 20,300 new jobs,'' Mr Fraser said in a statement.

''This was always going to be a tough target to hit, and we are not there yet, but the results today reinforced the strength of the Bligh government's plan.''

Read more on the Brisbane Times.

Topics:  employment jobs queensland government

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