The number of people who are now unemployed on the Gold Coast has hit a new high with the State Opposition labelling it a crisis.
21,100 people were jobless on the Gold Coast in September according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
That’s up 700 on the month before and the highest number recorded in the city.
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The unemployment rate has risen from 5.6 per cent in August to 5.8 per cent last month, a figure not seen since June 2015.
But it is still below the State unemployment rate of 6.5 per cent.
The number of people looking for a job rose only slightly from 70 per cent to 70.1 per cent.
Deputy LNP Leader Tim Mander says the State Government’s tax hikes and cuts to infrastructure were to blame.
“Annastacia Palaszczuk has delivered the highest unemployment rate in the nation and the Gold Coast is suffering badly,” Mr Mander said.
“Labor has hit the Gold Coast with nine new and increased taxes – taxes which are toxic for job creation.
“Annastacia Palaszczuk is starving the Gold Coast of the infrastructure investment it needs, which means more congestion and less jobs.”
The Gold Coast’s unemployment has now risen by 1.5 per cent in the last year.
Youth unemployment figures are even worse, hitting 12.5 per cent in September, a jump of 4.7 per cent in the last 12 months.
The State Government was taking a different spin on the figures, saying 11,400 jobs had been created on the Gold Coast in the last year.
Labor MP for Gaven Meaghan Scanlon says she was proud of the Government’s commitment to jobs.
“This is incredible news for locals and small business owners here on the Coast,” Ms Scanlon said.
“These new jobs figures show the future is looking bright here on the Coast.”