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

    More jobs for Queenslanders

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

    Thursday, August 16, 2018

    More jobs for Queenslanders

    The Palaszczuk Government’s commitment to growing the economy helped to deliver 4,400 new jobs in July.

    Deputy Premier and Treasurer Jackie Trad said that today’s ABS Labour Force data showed the outlook for the economy continued to look positive.  

    “Today’s data shows that in the past month another 4,400 jobs have been created across Queensland,” Ms Trad said.  

    “This is the 22nd straight month of trend jobs growth with thousands more people finding work this month alone.

    “We were elected with a mandate to deliver jobs and that’s exactly what we have done with 164,500 new Queensland jobs since January 2015.

    “The trend unemployment rate is also stable at 6.1%, following the highs of 6.7% under the Newman Government.

    “Across our economy we know businesses are feeling more confident to take people on and we are seeing that reflected in these results.

    “NAB’s Monthly Business Survey, released this week, shows trend business conditions in Queensland to be the highest of the mainland states, while trend business confidence remains above the national average.

    “And consumers are feeling more positive too with today’s Westpac-Melbourne Institute Consumer Sentiment Index report showing an 8% bump this month, to put us above the national average. 

    Employment Minister Shannon Fentiman said that the Palaszczuk Government’s focus on core industries was resulting in jobs being generated across the state.  

    “We’re lucky to have a really diverse economy here in Queensland and we are seeing jobs being created across a number of industries,” Ms Fentiman said.

    “With the Ekka on this month, we’ve been highlighting the critical role agriculture plays in our economy and the support we provide through initiatives such as the Go Local Dairy campaign to back our dairy farmers.

    “These initiatives are paying off with 10,500 new jobs being created in agriculture in the past year.”

    ENDS

    Media Contact: Clare Manton 0432 446 268