EAR TO GROUND: Bill Shorten and Labor’s Ipswich candidate Jennifer Howard on the hustings in the mall.
EAR TO GROUND: Bill Shorten and Labor’s Ipswich candidate Jennifer Howard on the hustings in the mall. Rob Williams

Howard to get city's unemployed back to work

THERE are now 14,300 people unemployed in Ipswich and Labor's Jennifer Howard has vowed to fight hard to get those residents back to work.

The Ipswich unemployment rate has risen from 5.3% in 2012 to a high of 9% with the city's youth unemployment rate now 18.6%, up from 12%.

Ms Howard, running in the seat of Ipswich, said 14,300 people in the Ipswich area were now looking for work, compared to 7900 at the March 2012 election when the LNP State Government came to power.

She said there were now 6000 young people looking for work compared to 3500 at the election.

"Both Campbell Newman and Tim Nicholls try to say the Queensland economy is going from strength to strength but the numbers tell a different story," Ms Howard said.

"Labor has campaigned hard on jobs during this election and for good reason. The numbers of unemployed people in our regions is climbing and Queenslanders know what the truth is about the economy.

"Most people rightly measure the state of the economy by whether or not they have a job, members of their family have a job or their friends have a job."

Ms Howard said Labor, to combat the unemployment rises, had released several job creation policies. She said a Labor government would inject $50 million for Advance Queensland to fund scholarships and payroll tax holidays for new companies and provide $2 million for the Queensland Entrepreneurs of Tomorrow program to support education in computational science and business development and to support stay-at-home parents to develop home-based businesses.

Labor has promised $40 million for a business development fund to support new and emerging businesses and payroll tax rebates for bosses who employ apprentices.

"Labor has committed to rescuing our TAFEs with a $34 million state-wide package and allocating more guidance officers and more teachers to local schools," Ms Howard said.

"We've also committed to reinstating Skilling Queenslanders for Work to make sure the long term unemployed have access to vital training."

Who will you vote for in Ipswich in 2015?

This poll ended on 31 January 2015.

Current Results

1. Tim Stieler - FAMILY FIRST

2%

2. Ian Berry - LNP

11%

3. Patricia Petersen - INDEPENDENT

65%

4. Jennifer Howard - ALP

16%

5. Pat Walsh - GREENS

4%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.



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