Sunshine Coast youth unemployment drops
The Sunshine Coast’s youth unemployment rate has dropped below 10% to become one of the lowest rates in Queensland.
The latest Australian Bureau of Statistics data shows youth unemployment on the Coast in November was at 9.8%, a major drop from 14.2% in November 2014 and 10.5% in October 2015.
Only four other statistical areas in Queensland, which is split up into 19 regions, are below 10% with the Queensland-wide youth unemployment rate sitting at 13.3%, down from 14.1% a year ago.
The Sunshine Coast has the lowest rate of any coastal region and experienced the third largest decline (-4.4%) in the state across the 12 months.
There has been a reduction in the youth unemployment rate in every month since June 2015.
Mayor Mark Jamieson welcomed the latest figures, saying they would give confidence and encouragement to Coast mums and dads that their children were in one of the best parts of the state to get a job.
“One of the greatest gifts any level of government can give its community is confidence,” Mayor Jamieson said.
“With confidence comes opportunity and with opportunity comes prosperity.
“Our population of young Coast residents is not in decline, it’s growing, and it’s part of our responsibility to help them gain employment here.
“It’s one of the reasons why council has been so pro-active with its Regional Economic Development Strategy, targeting seven high-value industries.
“In the end jobs are created by business and we are creating the environment for business to succeed and grow and help create jobs for all sections of our community.
“It’s important to note that the 9.8% youth unemployment figure is for the entire Sunshine Coast region and we believe it is even less for our council area – confidence which is well placed when you hear admissions from Noosa representatives that they have a major youth unemployment issue.
“We will continue to work hard with our strategies to reduce our unemployment rates even further, keep young Sunshine Coasters in work and in good jobs here where they want to live.”