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    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Restoring hope, opportunity and jobs for Queenslanders

    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Thursday, October 19, 2017

    Restoring hope, opportunity and jobs for Queenslanders

    The creation of 122,500 jobs since January 2015 – the equivalent of 3830 per month – is testament to the partnership and programs my Government has put in place to support employers and employees across our State.

    Trend unemployment rate is down to 5.9%.  I told Queenslanders my Government would work to get our unemployment back to having a “5” in front of it.

    September 2017 was the 11th consecutive month of net jobs growth in Queensland.  We have defied the severe blow of Tropical Cyclone Debbie and associated flooding across large tracts of Queensland.

    We have done so much to repair the damage of the LNP.  We have worked with Queenslanders to restore hope and opportunity in our State.

    My Government inherited a 6.6% unemployment rate from Campbell Newman and Tim Nicholls.  They inherited an unemployment rate of 5.5% three years earlier.

    Three years ago, Tim Nicholls said unemployment was ‘steady as she goes at 6.7%’.  He sacked 14,000 government workers.  He gave up on the rest of the Queensland workforce. Queenslanders were right to give up on him and the LNP.

    I will never take Queenslanders for granted.  My Government knows the dignity of work. That’s why we are so determined to get Queenslanders back to work. 

    We have restored programs like Skilling Queenslanders for Work. 

    We have made record investments in infrastructure and key services of health and education.  We have more doctors and nurses in our hospitals and more teachers and teacher aides in our schools. 

    We are working with local governments to deliver projects and jobs through Works for Queensland and Building Our Region. 

    We are providing incentives of up to $20,000 for employers to recruit a young jobseeker.

    And we are investing to ensure our State seizes new frontiers, including large-scale renewables and biofutures, and the opportunities in the digital economy through our Advance Queensland agenda.

    Under Labor’s positive economic plan we have driven growth, boosted confidence, attracted investment, increased exports and generated jobs.

    We have more work to do.

    Link to The Courier-Mail, 11 September 2014 “Queensland unemployment rate ‘steady as she goes’ at 6.7 per cent”