Queensland unemployment worst in nation

Thursday 13 August, 2020

The latest shocking rise in unemployment in Queensland shows the state urgently needs a plan to stimulate the economy and create jobs, LNP Leader Deb Frecklington said today.

New ABS figures show Queensland now has the highest unemployment rate in the nation (8.8%), with a record 234,800 Queenslanders officially out of work and on the jobless queue.

Almost 111,000 Queenslanders have lost their jobs in the last year – including 31,700 in the past month alone.

“Queensland had the nation’s highest average unemployment rate before the coronavirus began – as well as the highest number of bankruptcies and the lowest economic confidence,” Ms Frecklington said.

“The Palaszczuk Labor Government has no budget and no economic plan for Queensland.

“Labor are flying blind through the biggest economic crisis in almost a century.

“Only the LNP has a plan to stimulate the economy, create a decade of secure jobs and drag Queensland out of this recession.”

LNP Deputy Leader and Shadow Treasurer Tim Mander said only the LNP had a vision for Queensland’s future.

“Only one party can provide the economic leadership Queensland needs,” Mr Mander said.

“The LNP will start work on the drought-busting New Bradfield Scheme, invest in dams, roads and rail infrastructure to create jobs and we will guarantee no new taxes

“The LNP’s economic plan will create a decade of secure jobs and get Queensland working again.”    

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