MAYOR Tom Tate has praised business and industry for their efforts after new statistics showed the Gold Coast had added 9,000 new jobs in the last financial year.
“We’re not just sun, surf and sand, we’re out there having a go with our entrepreneurial spirit,” said Mayor Tate.
According to the regional labour force report released by the Queensland Government Statistician’s Office, the Gold Coast region recorded the largest annual growth in employment of all regions in Queensland and the second-lowest unemployment rate.
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“Unemployment at 4.3 per cent, that’s like full employment, but I want to dig down deeper.
“I think that as the city population grows we have to keep diversifying, even more, get more major events and more international students.
“We’re on the right track but we’re going to have to keep pushing.
“Given we have at least 12,000 new residents moving here annually, we also need to ensure we stick to the City Plan and focus on building up, not out. That way, our vital green and open space is protected and we build future accommodation along our transport spine, the Light Rail.”