Ipswich job figures defy trend
IPSWICH has sliced even more off its enviable unemployment figure, recording 4.6% for the past year, down from 4.9%.
The city has bucked the trend of state and national figures with Queensland's jobless rate up to 5.5% and Australia's to 5.1%.
"They're fantastic figures," Ipswich mayor Paul Pisasale said.
"When we hit 4.9% last time I was ecstatic but to see our figures dropping to 4.6% when the state and federal figures have gone up, they are pretty impressive figures.
"The people of Ipswich should be very proud in regard to what we've done with our economic development strategy. No matter where you go around Australia a lot of people say they are looking to Ipswich as a model. It's the result of a lot of hard work. There wouldn't be a week that goes by that I wouldn't be speaking somewhere about Ipswich.
"I speak about Ipswich and the opportunities in Ipswich, making sure we align our master-planned communities with the residential component and jobs."
On Tuesday, he said, he was sent to Sydney to do a course run by the Harvard School of Business about social leadership.
He said he and council officers were constantly talking to major businesses about moving to Ipswich to use its industrial land.
"We have a pro-active approach to what we've got here in Ipswich; we work very closely with the Chamber and we try to get our planning right," he said.
"We support development but we don't support bad development. Everybody's wearing their pride pins; everybody's promoting Ipswich and everybody's working together.
"The population of Ipswich is growing every day so we have to work twice as hard ... to find jobs for the existing people and find jobs for the new people.
"My experienced councillors are very, very supportive and for the 20 years I have been in local government I've been the chairman of economic development for the city and we've gone from strength to strength."
How we compare
- Ipswich: 4.6%
- Queensland: 5.5%.
- Australia: 5.1%