Gold Coast enjoys jobs surge as economy reopens

The Gold Coast has seen a significant bounce back in jobs as more restrictions were eased over the last month.

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the local economy saw 17,900 jobs return in June as the economy continued to open up.

However, that number is still more than 15,000 below February figures.


There was an increase of 6,500 full-time positions in June, while part-time jobs grew by 11,400.

But there was also a huge increase in the number of people who were back looking for a job with the city’s total labour force growing by 16,800 to 345,200, the highest level since February.

That took the participation rate from 61.7 per cent in May to 64.7 per cent in June.

The overall unemployment rate for the Gold Coast fell from a revised 8.6 per cent in May, to 7.9 per cent.

The total number of unemployed people fell from 28,300 to 27,100.

Youth unemployment remains high despite a significant improvement last month.

The unemployment rate for 15 to 24- year-olds dropped from 21.4 per cent to 14.5 per cent.