REVEALED: Major increase in Youth Allowance in North Burnett
PEOPLE and businesses across the North Burnett are becoming increasingly reliant on government programs and welfare payments.
Statistics from the Department of Social Services show over 165 people across the South Burnett picked up jobseeker payments during the COVID-19 pandemic since March.
Between March and July this year, 170 people have moved onto jobseeker across the North Burnett, which brings to total across the region to 1192.
This is an increase of over 33 per cent in people receiving jobseeker since March.
Youth allowance payments have increased by 48 per cent between March and July, bribing the total to 107.
Businesses are also feeling the brunt, with 616 applying for jobkeeper in the initial round between April and May.
Jobkeeper statistics by postcode (April and May applications):
Gayndah – 155
Mundubbera – 120
Monto – 92
Biggenden – 72
Eidsvold – 29
Mt Perry – 148
Jobkeeper statistics current as of July 8 2020.
Number of people on Jobseeker (March/June):
Gayndah and Mundubbera – 308/432
Monto and Eidsvold – 203/249
Gayndah and Mundubbera – 28/49
Monto and Eidsvold – 19/21