The latest unemployment figures paint a stark picture of the Palaszczuk Labor Government’s performance over the last 21 months and its failure to create opportunities on the Sunshine Coast.
Under Curtis Pitt, the youth unemployment rate on the Sunshine Coast is at 10.7 per cent.
That’s 4,300 young people who have lost their jobs in the last 12 months.
The only thing that has kept this rate from skyrocketing further is the jump in people giving up looking for work.
In the last year, the participation rate on the Sunshine Coast has fallen by 5.7 per cent. That equates to 4,800 young locals who have given up looking for work.
Across Queensland, the participation rate is the lowest it’s been since records began 30 years ago.
Young jobseekers are giving up looking for work in record numbers because the Palaszczuk Government isn’t giving them the opportunities they need to build for the future.
To add insult to injury, Labor’s “flagship” Back to Work jobs policy doesn’t apply to local jobseekers and businesses because this Government doesn’t consider the Sunshine Coast to be part of regional Queensland.
Instead of protecting their mates in the CFMEU and cuddling up to the inner-city Greens, Labor must start fighting for our regions.
The future is with our young Queenslanders. If the Palaszczuk Government won’t allow them to prosper, we will all be worse off.
Jarrod Bleijie MP
Shadow Minister for Employment, Industrial Relations, Skills and Training and Fair Trading