Queensland unemployment rate now the lowest in the state

The state government is defending the latest unemployment rate, which shows Queensland now has the worst rate in the country.

We’re up 0.1 percent to 6.5 percent over the month of September, just ahead of South Australia and Tasmania.

The Palaszczuk Government was grilled over the figures in state parliament this morning, though insists we’re actually doing fine after introducing 6,600 jobs across the state in September.


It was the second largest increase in jobs amongst all states and territories in Australia.

Deputy Premier and Treasurer Jackie Trad says the increase means that 226,800 jobs have been created under the Palaszczuk Government since January 2015.

“Today’s jobs figures show that the Palaszczuk Government’s economic plan is working. We have now created nearly eight times as many jobs as the previous LNP Government.

“In other words, it would have taken the LNP more than two decades to create as many jobs as the Palaszczuk Government has created in fewer than five years,” Ms Trad said.

25,300 people became unemployed during the month of September, bringing the total unemployment number to 176,900 people in Queensland.

Nationally the unemployment rate held steady at 5.2 percent with almost 15,000 jobs created over September.