Queensland’s Job Seekers Taking Longer than Ever to Land a Job: CCIQ

Monday 14 October, 2019 | By: Dan Petrie

Queensland’s job seekers are taking two months to 18 months to find work as the state continues to deal with subdued levels of economic activity according to the latest job analysis from the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland (CCIQ).

Australian Bureau of Statistics Trend regional labour force data compiled by Conus/CBC Staff Selection shows that unemployment varies quite substantially across the State, ranging from a low of just above 4% in Toowoomba to over 12% throughout the Queensland Outback.

Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland (CCIQ) Chief Economist, Dr Marcus Smith said the state’s employment challenge has been exacerbated by a slowdown in private sector investment and frustrations around key projects being approved by government.

“Regional Queensland through a combination of drought and lack of resources projects has created a  meagre 6000 jobs in five years or 2.9% of total jobs with the South-East corner generating over 200,000 roles.

“The multiplier effect of a lack of activity tends to result in poor job outcomes and only adds pressure to larger population centres to generate more positions which is currently not happening,” Dr Smith said.

CCIQ notes while skills and training programs are a sensible investment in terms of workforce capability, there are immediate steps local, state and federal governments can take to spur activity.

Dr Smith said time delays on resources projects, drought and long lead times on critical infrastructure explain part of the problem.

“It seems strange that policy makers are only now talking about water infrastructure when the outcomes of a lack of investment in this area are plain to see in terms of agriculture, food security and indeed employment.” Dr Smith said.

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Dan Petrie
Media and Communications – Economy and Government
Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland
Ph No: 07 3192 0120 (Landline)
Dan Petrie -Mobile: 0408 919 767 
Email: dpetrie@cciq.com.au

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