RAAF Base Amberley is among the reasons the city's youth unemployment rate has fallen, says Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale.
RAAF Base Amberley is among the reasons the city's youth unemployment rate has fallen, says Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale. David Nielsen

Youth unemployment decreases in Ipswich thanks to growth

EMPLOYMENT for young people in Ipswich is on the way down according to new figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

It fell from 18.8% at the end of 2014 to sit at 13.8% at the end of 2015.

The drop in unemployment rates for young people is among the best across the state - Queensland's overall youth unemployment rate fell by only 0.9 percentage points.

Only Brisbane South had a larger fall in youth unemployment at a rate of 5.5 percentage points, compared to Ipswich's 5.1 percentage points.

There was good news for all ages of people looking for a job in 2015.

Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale said the number of Ipswich people in jobs had grown by 4.1% in 2015.

"Our 12-month unemployment average of 6.7% again compares favourably with Queensland (6.3%) and Australia (6.1%).

Cr Pisasale said population growth, new residential development, significant growth at RAAF Base Amberley and new business had all contributed to the falling unemployment rate.

"These very positive numbers confirm we are on track for a bright future," he said.

See the statistics for all of Queensland here.


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