Unemployment down in QLD with 30,000 new jobs

THE Newman Government was trumpeting a win after numbers from the ABS showed the unemployment rate was down with 30,000 new jobs in the state.

In these latest figures, LNP job cuts appear to have had little impact on the state's employment levels.

The ABS Labour Data suggested 10,900 of the 30,000 jobs created were full-time.

It marked a trend showing the unemployment rate now as low as it was when Campbell Newman's team won the state election in March 2012.Treasurer Tim Nicholls said the figures were "volatile" and would continue to move up and down, especially following the devastation left by ex-tropical cyclone Oswald.

"We are seeing some real green shoots of recovery emerge in the Queensland economy, however, we expect ex-cyclone Oswald will have some impact on future data.," he said.

"Any improvement in labour force data in the immediate future is likely to be modest."

Meanwhile, Opposition Leader Annastacia Palaszczuk said the government needed to halt any further job cuts as the state moved into recovery mode.

"Queensland's jobless rate is the same as it was at the March 2012 election, so there has been no movement towards the 4% rate promised by the Premier," Ms Palaszczuk said.


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