THE latest unemployment figures released for the Ipswich region paints a grim picture for jobseekers.
In 2012 the jobless rate was sitting at 5.3%, unfortunately almost 12,000 more local people have now joined that queue, and the rate now sits at 12.3%.
In light of this major problem we have moved to launch a campaign to bring awareness to the plight of jobseekers and at the same time create jobs.
The Employment Plus arm of the Salvation Army has joined us in our "Jobs for 50 People" campaign which this will be featured in the QT over the next few months.
Each week from Tuesday to Saturday we will profile 10 jobseekers in the hope of connecting them with potential employers.
We will also be recognising those organisations which hire any of the jobseekers in success stories throughout our campaign.
If you are an employer looking for someone to fill a vacancy please keep turning to our daily stocks page to look over potential candidates.
Cameron Williams, recruitment advisor at Employment Plus Ipswich, commented that this was a brilliant campaign by the Queensland Times.
"It is going to change lives - not just for the 50 people we want to get into work, but for their families as well.
"Unemployment can be really harsh but these are fantastic people who are ready, willing and eager," he said.
"Ipswich is a great place to live, it's a great place to work, and through this campaign we're going to make a big difference."