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    Deputy Premier, Treasurer and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships
    The Honourable Jackie Trad
    Minister for Employment and Small Business and Minister for Training and Skills Development
    The Honourable Shannon Fentiman

    New data shows jobs continue to grow in Queensland

    JOINT STATEMENT

    Deputy Premier, Treasurer and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships
    The Honourable Jackie Trad

    Minister for Employment and Small Business and Minister for Training and Skills Development
    The Honourable Shannon Fentiman

    Thursday, October 18, 2018

    New data shows jobs continue to grow in Queensland

    Another 1,900 new jobs were created in Queensland in September, marking a full two years of trend jobs growth.

    Deputy Premier and Treasurer Jackie Trad said that today’s ABS Labour Force data showed more people in Queensland were finding full-time work.

    “Today’s data shows that 5,500 new full-time jobs were created in Queensland last month – that’s two straight years of jobs growth,” Ms Trad said.

    “This means more people are finding secure, full-time work, bucking the trend that we have been seeing towards part-time and casual work.

    “We know that having a stable, reliable income is integral for both the strength of our economy and for delivering a secure future for working Queenslanders.

    “The trend unemployment rate has also remained stable at 6.1% after a revision down last month and the seasonally adjusted rate has fallen 0.3 percentage points to 6%.

    “The Palaszczuk Government promised to grow our economy and grow jobs and we are 100% focused on that.

    “And we have seen really encouraging signs across the economy that point to continuing growth in the labour market.

    “For example, business investment has rebounded in 2017-18, up 12.5%. This is the first year of growth since the LNG investment boom.”

    Minister for Employment and Small Business and Minister for Training and Skills Development Shannon Fentiman said that setting up future workers with the skills they need is a priority of the Government.

    “We are encouraging Queensland businesses, particularly in regional Queensland, to take on more staff through our Back to Work program,” Ms Fentiman said.

    “And through Skilling Queenslanders for Work and our Free TAFE initiative we are making sure Queenslanders are getting the skills they need for the jobs they want.

    “It’s all about making sure Queensland workers have the best shot at getting a job and setting themselves up for the future.”

    ENDS

    Media Contact: Clare Manton 0432 446 268