26 June 2017

Sunshine Coast youth unemployment hits 10.2 per cent

• Sunshine Coast youth lose 3,200 jobs in last year under do-nothing Labor government
• Youth unemployment in Sunshine Coast now sits at 10.2 per cent after a 0.8 per cent rise
• Queensland leads the nation in youth job losses with 13 out of 19 regions going backwards

The extent of Labor’s jobs crisis has been laid bare, with new figures showing more than 3,200 youth jobs slashed from the Sunshine Coast jobs market in the last year.

State Member for Noosa Glen Elmes said the Sunshine Coast’s youth unemployment rate now sat at 10.2 per cent after a 0.8 per cent rise over the last 12 months under the Palaszczuk Government.

“It’s scary when you think one in ten young people on the Sunshine Coast want a job but can’t get one,” Mr Elmes said.

“Queensland is leading the nation for all the wrong reasons under Labor, with youth jobs disappearing from 13 out of 19 regions in Queensland last year, while a total of 11,200 youth jobs disappeared from the state in the last 12 months.

“These facts irrefutably show Labor’s ‘jobs budget’ is nothing more than a con job and Queensland is being held back by a do-nothing government.”
Mr Elmes said the LNP’s Get Queensland Working program would reverse Labor’s youth jobs trend by reducing the cost of working for young apprentices and offering financial incentives for businesses which train and retain staff.

“Unlike Labor, with a jobs program that has produced only a fraction of the jobs needed on the Sunshine Coast, the LNP has consulted with industry and developed a real plan that will create jobs today,” Mr Elmes said.

“The LNP’s $100 million Get Queensland Working will create up to 20,000 jobs for young Queenslanders through financial incentives for businesses which take on young apprentices and vouchers for young tradies to buy their tools whether they’re a hairdresser, a carpenter or a pastry chef.

“This is about reducing the cost of working for young apprentices and incentivising businesses to train and retain young staff.

“Only an LNP Government will create jobs across Queensland, deliver the vital infrastructure projects the Sunshine Coast needs, and Build a Better Queensland.”