MEDIA STATEMENT: LNP LEADER DEB FRECKLINGTON
It is a disgrace that a state like Queensland continues to lag behind the rest of Australia on unemployment.
The gap between Queensland and the rest of Australia has only gotten worse on Labor’s watch.
We have the third worst unemployment rate in the country – it is simply not good enough.
A majority of jobs that are being created are part-time jobs, making it harder for people to get ahead.
It is also abundantly clear Queenslanders aren’t getting the working hours they would like.
Alarmingly, the number of underemployed Queenslanders has grown by almost 30,000 in the last year – putting more households into cost of living stress.
This means low wages growth and less confidence in the economy.
Our youth simply can’t get the jobs with the figure now at 13.2 per cent statewide and in regional Queensland it has hit crisis point.
As Christmas approaches, Queenslanders are struggling with cost of living pressures.
It is time Annastacia Palaszczuk stopped with the selfies and rhetoric and got to work.