Despite dire warnings that the Gold Coast is facing a jobs crisis, the number of people employed on the Glitter Strip has jumped in the last month.
According to figures released this week by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, 6300 jobs were added to the Gold Coast economy last month.
That takes overall employment in the city to 360,000.
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The vast majority of new jobs in April were full-time positions.
The Gold Coast’s unemployment rate fell from 6.4 per cent in March to 4.7 per cent in April, the lowest level since March last year.
However, the 12-month average unemployment rate, which in non-pandemic times would normally be used to gauge the number of jobless people, is still at 7 per cent, down slightly from 7.2 per cent.
The number of people officially unemployed fell from 24,100 to 17,700.
At the same time, the number of people looking for work remained fairly steady with the participation rate at 70 per cent.