New ABS figures highlight the extent of the youth jobs crisis facing many regions in Queensland under the do-nothing Palaszczuk Labor Government.
Shadow Treasurer Scott Emerson said almost two thirds of Queensland's regions had lost youth jobs in the past year.
"Many parts of the state, particularly regional Queensland, are facing a youth unemployment crisis under Queensland Labor," Mr Emerson said.
"To think that youth unemployment in Outback Queensland is higher than 40 per cent is a crying shame and a terrible indictment on Annastacia Palaszczuk's leadership.
"The latest ABS figures show the number of young Queenslanders with a job has fallen by 11,500 in the last year - the worst fall in Australia. **
"Queensland should be leading the nation in job creation and job security but sadly under this government we are coming dead last.
"These job losses are being felt across many parts of Queensland, with the eastern and western parts of Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast and Logan-Beaudesert all hardest hit."
Jobs losses experienced in the regions in the last year include:
· Brisbane West - 4,800
· Brisbane East – 4,500
· Sunshine Coast – 4,500
· Logan-Beaudesert – 2,600
· Moreton Bay – South – 2,100
· Outback Queensland – 1,900
· Toowoomba – 1,700
· Townsville – 1,700
· Ipswich – 1,500
· Brisbane North – 1,400
· Wide Bay – 1,200
· Darling Downs – Maranoa – 500
The youth unemployment rate is above 20 per cent in the following regions:
· Queensland-Outback – 41.1%
· Wide Bay – 24.7%
· Townsville – 21.7%
· Cairns – 21%
· Brisbane-East – 20.3%
"Unlike Labor, who has done nothing in over two years, the LNP has a plan to get young Queenslanders working," Mr Emerson said.
"Our plan includes a $5,000 Queensland Apprenticeship incentive for small business; $500 Tools for Tradies vouchers; a $4,000 Job Start Incentive; together with discounts on Work Cover premiums for small business.
"Only the LNP can restore business confidence and get investment flowing to create jobs throughout all of Queensland."
**Based on the 12-month moving average formula used by the Queensland Government Statistician's Office