Youth jobs figures show Logan and Beaudesert in crisis

New ABS figures highlight the extent of the youth jobs crisis facing many regions in Queensland according to Shadow Treasurer Scott Emerson.

He said almost two thirds of Queensland’s regions had lost youth jobs in the past year.

“Many parts of the state, particularly regional Queensland, are facing a youth unemployment crisis under Queensland Labor,” Mr Emerson said.


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“To think that youth unemployment in Outback Queensland is higher than 40 per cent is a crying shame.

“The latest ABS figures show the number of young Queenslanders with a job has fallen by 11,500 in the last year.

“Queensland should be leading the nation in job creation and job security but sadly under this government we are coming dead last.

“These job losses are being felt across many parts of Queensland, with the eastern and western parts of Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast and Logan-Beaudesert all hardest hit.”

Jobs losses experienced in the regions in the last year include:

  • Brisbane West – 4,800
  • Brisbane East – 4,500
  • Sunshine Coast – 4,500
  • Logan-Beaudesert – 2,600
  • Moreton Bay – South – 2,100
  • Outback Queensland – 1,900
  • Toowoomba – 1,700
  • Townsville – 1,700
  • Ipswich – 1,500
  • Brisbane North – 1,400
  • Wide Bay – 1,200
  • Darling Downs – Maranoa – 500

The youth unemployment rate is above 20 per cent in the following regions:

  • Queensland-Outback – 41.1%
  • Wide Bay – 24.7%
  • Townsville – 21.7%
  • Cairns – 21%
  • Brisbane-East – 20.3%

“Our plan includes a $5,000 Queensland Apprenticeship incentive for small business; $500 Tools for Tradies vouchers; a $4,000 Job Start Incentive; together with discounts on Work Cover premiums for small business.


Michelle has worked as a broadcast journalist since 1999 and 102.9 Hot Tomato is her 4th radio station. Major stories she's covered over the years include the Childers Backpacker Hotel fire and the fatal shooting of Police Officer Damien Leeding on the Gold Coast. Michelle has been writing for myGC.com.au since its inception. "I really enjoy lifestyle type stories that show the world just how interesting we all are." Outside of work, Michelle volunteers her time with many local causes including Volunteering Gold Coast, the Schoolies Support Team and Rosies Street Outreach.

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