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

    Sunshine Coast adds 5,500 new jobs since State Election

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

    Friday, February 26, 2016

    Sunshine Coast adds 5,500 new jobs since State Election

    An extra 5,500 new jobs were created on the Sunshine Coast since the election of the Palaszczuk Government 12 months ago.

    Mr Pitt said yesterday’s Australian Bureau of Statistics figures showed the Sunshine Coast’s annual unemployment rate had fallen 1.4 percent over the year to January and employment had grown by 3.4 percent.

    “Employment on the Sunshine Coast is improving with 5,500 more people now in work and we want to continue to help improve it,” Mr Pitt said

    “Two weeks ago I was on the Sunshine Coast to meet with local businesses and investors to help boost jobs and growth through our market-led proposals initiative.

    “This makes it easier for local businesses to submit proposals which will bring even more jobs to the region.

    “When Maroochydore’s SunCentral project gets underway, it is expected to create more than 5,000 jobs by 2020 and a further 15,000 jobs by 2025.

    “That’s an estimated boost to the Queensland economy of more than $350 million by 2020 and $5.9 billion over the 20-year life of the project.

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

    “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 129 Sunshine Coast businesses have claimed $118,000 in payroll tax rebates since the scheme started in July.

    “We want to make sure money which is spent in the Sunshine Coast region stays with this regions by employing local businesses and local tradies.

    “We are very proud of the fact that 71,700 new jobs have been created in Queensland over the last 12 months and that unemployment 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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