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Weak job rate: blame Qld
4BC News: Acting Employment Minister Kate Ellis has blamed an increase in the national unemployment rate on Queensland's conservative government.
Queensland's unemployment rate rose to 6.2 per cent while the national rate climbed to 5.4 per cent, the Australian Bureau of Statistics reported on Thursday.
The unemployment rate in Queensland stood at 5.5 per cent when the Liberal National Party's Campbell Newman came to power in March 2012.
Mr Newman's time as premier has been marked by massive public sector job losses.
Ms Ellis said the data told a very sad story about Queenslanders.
"Regrettably, more than 22,000 Queenslanders found themselves out of a job this Christmas (while) across the rest of the country, jobs grew," she told reporters in Adelaide.
"Were it not for the Queensland job losses, the unemployment rate today would have actually fallen to 5.2 per cent rather than slightly rising."
Since the election of the Newman government, 65 jobs losses have been lost each day, Ms Ellis said.
"In contrast, since the federal government came to office, we have created more than 800,000 jobs. We've grown the economy by 13.2 per cent and labour productivity has risen by 6.5 per cent."
The minister acknowledged the national unemployment rate was expected to rise further but that joblessness in Australia would remain low by international standards.
"What we are seeing is that the Australian economy has bucked the trend which has impacted on most of the developed world since the GFC and we expect that to remain the case," she said.
Fedup, I wonder where you get the information from, that backs up your claim that "Queensland has been fairly stable since then" given that you stated that the last report released by the ABS is the Aug 2012 Qtr report. I expect that both the Employment Minister and the Shadow Minister have access to more up to date figures than we do, don't you agree?James W Monday 21 January, 2013 - 11:36 AM
Duh the reports come out quarterly and the latest isn't avaiable yet, plus Queensland has been fairly stable since thenFed Up of Hypocrites Friday 18 January, 2013 - 4:54 PM
Fedup, your 5 months behind the game, it's now Jan 2013.James W Friday 18 January, 2013 - 3:11 PM
I wonder where Kate gets her information from.
According to the ABS in the August 2012 quarter the highest actual job losses were in Melbourne Sydney and Adelaide.Fedup of Hypocrites Friday 18 January, 2013 - 1:58 PM
Is she playing school teacher here ? wtf she hasn't even got the facts right. No wonder our kids are not being educated properly and the education system needs an over haul.my say Friday 18 January, 2013 - 1:35 PM
Hey roger stop pulling your pud mate what makes you right on every subject ?haven't seen much enlightenment in your comments...do you live in woodridge by chance you seem an expert on this onedexter dog says Friday 18 January, 2013 - 1:29 PM