Queensland leads nation in jobs and population growth

Treasurer and Minister for Investment The Honourable Cameron Dick

Data released today by the Australian Bureau Statistics confirms once more that Queensland is the place to be.

Treasurer and Minister for Investment Cameron Dick said the ABS data Queensland was responsible for more than 60 per cent of all full- time jobs created in Australia in February 2021.

“While Queensland leads the nation in replacing the jobs lost during the COVID-19 pandemic, we know those are not all the same people and not all the same jobs.

“That’s why it’s particularly pleasing to see the number of full-time jobs in Queensland rise by almost 54,000 in just one month,” the Treasurer said.

“Last month, Queensland generated six times as many full-time jobs as New South Wales and four times as many as Victoria.

Since January 2020, we’ve created 33,500 jobs, while New South Wales has lost almost 45,000 and Victoria shed 4,500.

“As underemployment rises across Australia it is falling in Queensland.

“That means more Queenslanders are getting the amount of work they want.

“As we have said right from the start of the pandemic, Queensland’s strong health response has enabled a stronger economic recovery.

“But we know the looming end of JobKeeper is yet to hit the Labour Force data, so it’s vital the Federal Government provides more certainty for industries like tourism than what we’ve seen so far in the form of half-baked half-price air fares.

Minister for Employment and Small Business Di Farmer said Queensland’s nation-leading employment growth is a result of the Palaszczuk Government’s strong health response.

“Since January 2020, Queensland has created 50,400 jobs, while other Australian states went backwards,” Minister Farmer said.

Our Government is laser focused on Queensland’s economic recovery, delivering the skills and training Queenslanders need to gain rewarding, secure employment now and into the future.”

Queensland is also leading nation when it comes to population growth.

“In the year to September 2020, ABS data shows Queensland’s population grew to 5,184,800, a 1.3 per cent increase,” the Treasurer said.

“In the absence of international migration, we know the Federal Government forecasts that trend is likely to continue, as 86,000 people are forecast to move to Queensland from other states across the next four years.

“A growing population means we have to find jobs, and homes and better transport.

That is what our economic recovery plan is all about and the evidence is clear that our plan is working.

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