MORE than 77000 jobs have been created in Queensland in the last two years as the state government works to restore frontline services and get residents back to work.
Since 2015, the state government has employed more than 3,100 extra nurses, 1,100 doctors, 3,000 school teachers and teacher aides, 330 police officers, 250 paramedics and 205 firefighters.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the government was working with local councils, communities, businesses, stakeholders, and residents to create opportunities.
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“We are doing this by investing infrastructure, frontline services including record funding for health and education, and innovation,” Premier Palaszczuk said.
“Since the last election, 77,300 jobs have been created in Queensland.
“The two-week Estimates Committee examination of the 2017-18 State Budget has ended today. The Budget’s focus is on employment and it will support 40,000 jobs over the next 12 months.
“Initiatives like Skilling Queenslanders for Work, Works for Queensland and Back to Work are creating jobs in partnership with business and local government.”
The Premier said trade exports were also on the rise, reaching a record $63.5 billion for the 12 months to May this year, and visitor numbers continue to increase.
“This is an increase of more than $18.8 billion or 42% on the $44.6 billion in exports over the 12 months to January 2015,” she said.
“In terms of the primary industries sector, the total value for Queensland’s production for last financial year was recently forecast to be $19.95 billion compared to the $14.5 billion projection for 2014-15.
“Data released last month shows Australian domestic overnight travellers are spending more than ever before in Queensland pumping $15.3 billion into the state economy, and 2.6 million international visitors pumping a record-breaking $5.2 billion into the State’s economy.”
Queensland’s population is expected to reach five million next year.