Labor jobs promise a farce – 11,000 youth jobs lost since election

by Ted Sorensen
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  • Labor employment program for young Queenslanders a farce
  • 11,000 youth jobs have been lost since Palaszczuk was elected and 21,000 young Queenslanders have given up looking for a job
  • Queensland home to Australia’s worth youth unemployment hotspots

Shadow Employment Minister Jarrod Bleijie said Labor’s announcement of an extension to its failed youth employment scheme is cold comfort to the 21,000 young Queenslanders who have given up their search for work under this do-nothing Labor Government.

“What an insult to hear the Premier today crowing about throwing a few extra dollars at an employment scheme that’s been a dismal failure for our young people,” Mr Bleijie said.

“Under the Palaszczuk Labor Government 21,000 Queenslanders have given up their search for a job, and 11,000 youth jobs have simply vanished.”

Mr Bleijie said Queensland is now home to Australia’s worst youth unemployment hotspots with Cairns youth unemployment now sitting at 24.4% (up 3.9% in the past year); Wide Bay youth unemployment rate is 24.5% (up 3.8% in the past year) and, worst of all Outback Queensland’s youth unemployment rate is a staggering 36.6% (up 8.2% in the past year).

“People have lost hope under this hopeless government,” he said.

“Our great state is in the grip of a youth unemployment crisis and Annastacia Palaszczuk is more interested in cutting ribbons than she is in creating jobs and building a future for young Queenslanders.

“The LNP has consulted with industry and created a real plan that will create jobs today.

“Our $100 million Get Queensland Working program will create up to 20,000 jobs for young Queenslanders through financial incentives for businesses who take on young apprentices and vouchers for young tradies to buy their tools whether they’re a hairdresser, a carpenter or a pastry chef.”

Key facts (source: ABS)

Youth Unemployment rates:

Cairns:             24.4% (up 3.9% in last year)
Wide Bay:       24.5% (up 3.8% in last year)
Townsville:      20.8% (up 3.2% in last year)
Brisbane East: 19.7% (up 6.6% in last year)
State-wide:      12.7%

Youth jobs losses in past year:

Cairns:                         400 jobs lost
Townsville:                  1800 jobs lost
Wide Bay:                   800 jobs lost
Sunshine Coast:          5200 jobs lost
Toowoomba:               2100 jobs lost
Queensland Outback:  2000 jobs lost
Logan-Beaudesert:       2800 jobs lost
Ipswich:                       2300 jobs lost
Greater Brisbane:        5900 jobs lost

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