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Fraser Coast unemployment rate remains steady

12 February 2020

The Fraser Coast’s unemployment rate has remained steady at 8.3 per cent – the lowest level in seven years.

Figures published by the Australian Government’s Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business this month show the Fraser Coast unemployment rate stayed at 8.3 per cent in the September 2019 quarter, the same as it was in the June 2019 quarter.

The unemployment rate is the lowest it has been since September 2012.

The release of the figures comes as thirty businesses offering more than 350 jobs will exhibit at the Fraser Coast Jobs Expo at the Brolga Theatre in Maryborough from 10am to 2pm today.

Fraser Coast Mayor George Seymour said while small area data can be volatile and the region’s unemployment rate was still too high, it was good to see the figures were not going up and were a
long way below the most recent peak of 12.5 per cent in June 2015.

“The Fraser Coast Regional Council is determined to work with other levels of government, businesses and the community to ensure our region has a strong, resilient and diversified economy that supports growth and long term jobs,” he said.

“Today’s Jobs Expo is being organised by Council in partnership with the Australian Government as part of the Regional Employment Trials Program and aims to connect job seekers with employers across a range of industries, including manufacturing, tourism, health and retail.

“We know there is always more work to do, and we’re focussed on doing what we can to support the business community to employ more people on the Fraser Coast.”

Cr Seymour said Council developed and released the Fraser Coast Economic Road Map last year, a blueprint for the region’s economy for 2030 and beyond.

“The Fraser Coast is strategically positioned for industries to invest and grow, offers an affordable and attractive lifestyle, and boasts a beautiful natural environment,” he said.

“We want to make the most of our competitive advantages, and encourage the Queensland and Australian Governments to keep working closely with Council to ensure the positive trend shown in this latest employment data continues into the future.”