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    JOINT STATEMENT
    Deputy Premier, Minister for Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning and Minister for Trade and Investment
    The Honourable Jackie Trad
    Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations, Minister for Racing and Minister for Multicultural Affairs
    The Honourable Grace Grace

    Queensland unemployment rate falls to two-year low

    JOINT STATEMENT

    Deputy Premier, Minister for Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning and Minister for Trade and Investment
    The Honourable Jackie Trad

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

    Thursday, January 14, 2016

    Queensland unemployment rate falls to two-year low

    Queensland’s unemployment rate has fallen below six per cent for the first time in two years as new statistics show more than 60,000 new jobs have been created since last year’s State election.

    The State’s trend unemployment rate for December 2015 fell 0.1 points to 5.9 per cent, the lowest since December 2013, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

    Since the State election in January last year, 60,400 new jobs have been created.

    Acting Premier, Jackie Trad and Employment Minister Grace Grace were inspecting work at Junction Park State School in Annerley, part of the State Government’s $300M School Maintenance program.

    “The two-year low for unemployment showed the State Government’s pro-business, pro-jobs economic plan was working.

    “This is an outstanding result that shows our Government’s economic agenda is building business confidence and creating jobs for Queenslanders,” Ms Trad said.

    “Unemployment has fallen by 0.7 points from the high 6.7 per cent rate left by the previous LNP Government.

    “An average of 2,010 full-time jobs have been created every month since we took office. That compares to the 330 full-time jobs lost every month under the previous Government.

    “Consumer confidence is up, business confidence is up and companies now have the confidence of a stable economy to put on new workers and explore new commercial opportunities.

    “Today’s jobs figures are a big tick on the Government’s report card after almost a year in office.”

    Minister for Employment Grace Grace said there was still more work to be done to deliver additional employment opportunities in Queensland, especially in the regions.

    “That’s why we introduced initiatives to provide local work for local people, such as this school maintenance program.

    “This has provided much needed work for local Queenslanders, at schools throughout Queensland over the Christmas holidays.

    “The Palaszczuk Government is spending $10.1 billion capital works in 2015-16, supporting 27,500 jobs throughout the State.

    “This includes $3.9 billion on roads and transport, $2.4 billion on energy and water and $1.3 billion on health and community infrastructure,” Ms Grace said.

    Media Contact: Acting Premier’s Office 0488 996 667