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    Treasurer, Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships and Minister for Sport
    The Honourable Curtis Pitt

    Extra 3,100 jobs created in Toowoomba since State Election

    Treasurer, Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships and Minister for Sport
    The Honourable Curtis Pitt

    Friday, February 26, 2016

    Extra 3,100 jobs created in Toowoomba since State Election

    An extra 3,100 jobs have been created in Toowoomba since the election of the Palaszczuk Government 12 months ago.

    Treasurer Curtis Pitt said the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics figures show Toowoomba’s annual unemployment rate of 4.8 percent is well below the State’s trend monthly rate of 6.1 percent in January 2016.

    “Toowoomba is one of the best performing regions in Queensland when it comes to jobs growth,” he said.

    “Delivering jobs and creating greater employment opportunities is the number one priority of the Palaszczuk Government.

    “We’ve committed $321 million to the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing which will deliver long-term benefits to Queensland and support an estimated 1,800 direct and indirect jobs in the Toowoomba region during the three-year design and construction phase.

    “The $500 million redevelopment of Grand Central shopping centre, driven by the Government-owned Queensland Investment Corporation, will create 1,500 jobs during construction and 1,000 new retail jobs.

    “Our pro-jobs, pro-business Budget delivered incentives to get business moving, such as our $45 million payroll tax rebate for hiring apprentices and trainees.

    “More than 80 Toowoomba businesses have claimed $123,000 in payroll tax rebates since the scheme started in July.

    “We want to make sure money invested in the Toowoomba region stays in this region by employing local businesses and local tradies.

    “We are very proud of the fact that 71,700 new jobs were created in Queensland over the last 12 months and that the trend unemployment rate is the lowest it has been in two years.”

    ABS figures released at the start of the month show that our building approvals are leading the nation. Building approvals in Queensland were up 27 percent in 2015 from 2014.

     

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