New Australian Bureau of Statistics unemployment data released this morning have revealed a surge in unemployment, as uncertainty around Queensland’s interstate borders continues.
The Sunshine Coast was among the worst performing regions in the state, with 2400 jobs lost in a month.
There are now 11,500 unemployed locals on the Sunshine Coast.
LNP Leader Deb Frecklington said Annastacia Palaszczuk’s refusal to commit to a border reopening date is closing businesses and costing jobs on the Sunshine Coast.
“The curve is flat, it’s time for Labor to stop flattening the economy,” Ms Frecklington said.
“Queensland now had the longest unemployment queue in our state’s history.
“Labor has no plan, no budget and no certainty for re-opening the interstate border.”
LNP Deputy Leader Tim Mander said the LNP understands that businesses and visitors need certainty and so we support re-opening our border to all Australians from 1 July.
“Only the LNP has a job-creating infrastructure plan, which includes the Sunshine Coast rail duplication, upgrades to the Bruce Highway and the New Bradfield Scheme to get Queensland working again,” Mr Mander said.
“Before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, the Queensland economy was on its knees, business confidence was in freefall and we had the most bankruptcies in the country, all under Labor’s watch.”
ABS - Sunshine Coast
2,400 jobs lost MoM – second worst region in the state
There are now 11,500 unemployed locals