Topics:  employment, suncorp bank, toowoomba

Toowoomba tops the nation as employment capital

Jenny Woodside is relishing her new role as enterprise account manager at Downs MicroSystems since moving from Brisbane to Toowoomba.
Jenny Woodside is relishing her new role as enterprise account manager at Downs MicroSystems since moving from Brisbane to Toowoomba. Nev Madsen

USING her metropolitan experience to boost a thriving communications business was a part of Jenny Woodside's motivation to move to Toowoomba.

It is that thriving nature of the city's businesses which has earned Toowoomba the title of Australia's employment capital.

A Suncorp Bank report released today rated the city as having the nation's lowest unemployment rate at 1.9 per cent, coming in ahead of Darwin at 2.1% and Canberra at 2.9%.

The accolades did not stop there, with Toowoomba being rated as the third most family friendly of Australia's 30 largest cities.

Ms Woodside last week took the role of enterprise account manager at Downs MicroSystems, moving with her son, 21, and two daughters, aged 10 and 12, from Brisbane.

A University of Southern Queensland graduate, Ms Woodside has spent more than 20 years in professional roles in most of Australia's capital cities.

"I realised I was going to be working for a quality employer," Ms Woodside said of her decision to come to Toowoomba.

"When I was at university here I felt it was a safe environment.

"I see the business opportunities in Toowoomba are huge as well."

The report stated the generation of jobs to help with recovery efforts after the 2011 floods was possibly a contributing factor for Toowoomba having the nation's lowest rate of unemployment.



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