The number of Queenslanders looking for a job has surged to the highest level in the state’s history under Annastacia Palaszczuk.
LNP Deputy Leader and Shadow Treasurer Tim Mander said employment figures for August released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics were damning for the Labor Government.
“Queensland used to be the economic powerhouse of Australia, but it has the second highest unemployment rate in the nation under Annastacia Palaszczuk,” Mr Mander said.
“On trend terms, there are now more than 174,000 Queenslanders looking for work –the highest number recorded in Queensland’s history.
“Treasurer Jackie Trad has been busy burying integrity scandals rather than managing the state’s finances and creating jobs.
“More than 7200 jobs were also lost in Queensland in August on seasonally adjusted terms.
“On a day it was revealed that Jackie Trad had a budget blow-out last year of almost $1.4 billion, Queensland’s unemployment queue hit a record high.
“The August seasonally adjusted unemployment rate has stayed at 6.4 per cent - the same rate as a year ago and still well above the national rate of 5.3 per cent.
“Unemployment brings hardship and worry to families when there are school fees or electricity, rego and hospital bills to pay.
“Only the LNP has an economic plan to create jobs, help families manage skyrocketing household costs, bust congestion and ensure our economy works for everyday Queenslanders.”