Despite the Queensland Government's positive outlook for job growth, people in the regions are facing a far bleaker future.
Despite the Queensland Government's positive outlook for job growth, people in the regions are facing a far bleaker future. Keagan Elder

Unemployment figures grim for South Burnett region

DESPITE the Queensland Government's positive outlook for job growth, people in the regions are facing a far bleaker future.

Treasurer Jackie Trad said 4400 jobs were created in Queensland in July and the outlook for the economy continued to look positive.

"This is the 22nd straight month of trend jobs growth with thousands more people finding work this month alone,'' Ms Trad said.

"Across our economy we know businesses are feeling more confident to take people on and we are seeing that reflected in these results."

Employment Minister Shannon Fentiman said that the Palaszczuk Government's focus on core industries was resulting in jobs being generated across the state.

"We're lucky to have a really diverse economy here in Queensland and we are seeing jobs being created across a number of industries," Ms Fentiman said.

While the Queensland unemployment rate sits at 6.2 per cent, the South Burnett's figure remains well above the state and national average, at 8.66 per cent.

More than 1200 people are currently unemployed across the region.

YOUTH UNEMPLOYMENT

THE national unemployment rate of 5.3 per cent stands in stark contrast to youth unemployment which, in the regions, is well above 11 per cent.

More than 264,000 young people aged 15 to 24 are currently unemployed across the country, accounting for more than a third of unemployed people in Australia.

The Wide-Bay Burnett region has the third highest unemployment rate in Australia.

"The story of youth employment in our prosperous country has become a tale of two Australias," warned the report by national anti-poverty group the Brotherhood of St Laurence.

"Australia's young people must not be denied a fair share of the nation's prosperity."

The report analyses Australian Bureau of Statistics data to find youth unemployment is at its extreme - more than 65 per cent - in a thinly populated but vast tract of land in the Queensland outback, while the Wide Bay-Burnett region nudges towards a 30 per cent youth unemployment rate.

The report, titled 'An unfair Australia? Mapping youth unemployment hotspots', identifies 20 hotspots that have the highest youth unemployment rates in Australia from ABS data.

The top five hotspots across Australia:

- 67.1 per cent: Queensland-Outback region, including Cape York, Weipa, Mount Isa, Longreach

- 28.9 per cent: Southern Highlands and Shoalhaven region of NSW, including Nowra, Mittagong, Ulladulla

- 27.7 per cent: Wide Bay-Burnett region of Queensland, including Bundaberg, Hervey Bay, Maryborough, Kingaroy

- 21.8 per cent: Tasmania-South East region, including Bruny Island, Southern Midlands, Derwent Valley

- 21.5 per cent: Murray region of NSW, including Albury, Tocumwal, Jerilderie, Deniliquin.

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