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    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk
    Attorney-General and Minister for Justice and Minister for Training and Skills
    The Honourable Yvette D'Ath
    Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations, Minister for Racing and Minister for Multicultural Affairs
    The Honourable Grace Grace

    More than 115,000 new jobs created in Queensland since last election

    JOINT STATEMENT

    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Attorney-General and Minister for Justice and Minister for Training and Skills
    The Honourable Yvette D'Ath

    Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations, Minister for Racing and Minister for Multicultural Affairs
    The Honourable Grace Grace

    Thursday, September 14, 2017

    More than 115,000 new jobs created in Queensland since last election

    More than 115,000 new jobs have been created in Queensland under the Palaszczuk Government, according to data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics today.

    Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the creation of 115,400 jobs since January 2015 was further proof that Labor’s economic plan is delivering in the face of tough global conditions and promised no region of Queensland would be left behind.

    “I’m thrilled to see 115,400 new jobs created under Labor with the trend unemployment rate down to 6.0%,” she said.

    “To put it into perspective, 115,400 new jobs in the equivalent to the population of the great city of Toowoomba that I will be visiting at the weekend.”

    “Under Labor’s positive economic plan we have driven growth, boosted confidence, attracted investment, increased exports and generated jobs.”

    “This is a clear line in the sand that we have shaken off the worst effects of the LNP’s destructive policies to rebuild our State.”

    “My Government inherited a 6.6% unemployment rate from failed Treasurer Tim Nicholls.”

    “But we won’t be resting on our laurels, we will continue to work hard with industry and other levels of government to ensure every corner of our state shares in our resurgent growth and prosperity.”

    The seasonally adjusted rate for August was 5.7% which the equal biggest fall in the nation compared with 6.2% in July. 

    Attorney-General and Minister for Training and Skills Yvette D’Ath said passing the 100,000 net new jobs milestone was cause for confidence.

    “This is the 10th consecutive monthly increase in net new jobs on a trend basis as Labor restores Queensland to its rightful position as the powerhouse of the Australian economy,” she said.

    “We are committed to training Queenslanders for the jobs of tomorrow and pulling the right policy leavers to attract the new business and investment that will deliver these jobs.

    “Today’s figures show Queensland had the largest growth in jobs, on a trend basis, in the country.”

    Employment Minister Grace Grace said this data showed a clear difference between the jobs focus of Labor and the hack-and-slash ideology of the LNP.

    “Five years ago this month, Tim Nicholls’ first state Budget set the scene by cutting 14,000 jobs and ultimately around 24,000 jobs disappeared under the LNP,” she said.

    “Compare that to Labor’s firm focus on building our economy, investing in infrastructure, and generating jobs for Queenslanders and you’ll understand why we’re seeing such strong ABS results today. 

    “Job-creating programs such as our $42.75 billion infrastructure program over four years; our Jobs and Regional Growth Fund; Works for Queensland supporting job-creating local government projects; our Back to Work program; and many others. 

    “We have also shown our commitment to directly supporting employers and new employees through our Back to Work program offering incentives up to $20,000 for taking on previously unemployed jobseekers.” 

    “Our incredibly successful ‘Back to Work’ program is now available statewide, after proving enormously successful in regional centres, and has seen more than 7,500 Queenslanders secure jobs. 

    “I urge more employers to take advantage of the Back to Work program and give unemployed Queenslanders a start to their careers or help unemployed workers back into the work force.”

    Media contacts:

    • Kirby Anderson (Premier’s office) 0417 263 791
    • Scott Forbes (Acting Treasurer’s office) 0419 945 546
    • Pamela Frost (Training and Skills Minister office) 0437 696 809