The opposition says the Queensland government is failing the Gold Coast, following revelations unemployment rates have skyrocketed.
According to the latest data, the Gold Coast’s unemployment rate has increased by 1.2 percent in past year, from 4.4 percent to 5.6 percent, which is still below the state-wide figure of 6.4 percent.
An extra 5,000 locals have become unemployed in the last year, with over 20,000 Gold Coasters now looking for work.
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It’s understood to be the largest increase in unemployment across the whole of Queensland (by number).
Meantime youth unemployment on the Gold Coast also increased by an alarming 3.7 percent to 11.9 percent.
LNP Deputy Leader and Shadow Treasurer Tim Mander says the government is failing the Gold Coast by stalling on major infrastructure projects.
“Labor’s refusal to get on and build the Second M1 and deliver Gold Coast Light Rail Stage 3A is destroying jobs on the Coast.
“The Gold Coast is Queensland’s second biggest city and they are being treated like second class citizens by Annastacia Palaszczuk.
“Only the LNP has an economic plan to create jobs, help families manage skyrocketing household costs, bust congestion and ensure our economy works for everyday Queenslanders.
“You can’t trust Labor to create jobs,” Mr Mander said.