Ipswich touts its success story of wages, growth
IPSWICH wages have risen more than 23% in just four years while the city's unemployment rate remains below the state and national average.
They were the pertinent facts to come out of Australian Bureau of Statistics figures released yesterday.
In 2005-06 Ipswich wage earners brought home $36,181 on average, but that jumped to $42,824 in 2009-10, an increase of 23.7%.
Meanwhile the unemployment rate for Ipswich for January, 2013 was 5.2%.
That compares well with the state rate of 5.8% and the national average of 5.3%.
Wage earners in Ipswich also grew from 63,936 in 2005-05 to 74, 499 in 2009-10, an increase of 16.5%.
Mayor Paul Pisasale said the "whole psyche of Ipswich is changing".
"Universities have made a big difference and we have got young people coming back here for opportunities," he said.
"It has all been about getting all sections of the community working and projecting Ipswich as a great place to invest.
"I sent 50 letters out this morning to the Deloitte's top 50 companies in Australia, congratulating them.
"I am always looking at innovative ways of drawing attention to Ipswich."
Cr Pisasale said the ABS figures for unemployment were also revealing, with Ipswich once a hot spot for unemployment.
He said the Icon Project would also add to the improvement of the figures in due course, which would ensure the city was "known for the right reasons".
"It was just 15 years ago that if they wanted to quote the highest unemployment they would use Ipswich. If they wanted to name where the lowest wages were they'd quote Ipswich," he said
"It was just a couple of weeks ago that the figures for the best mortgage payers was Ipswich. We are starting to get known for the good facts.
"The pride in the city has improved. Nothing is going to stop our city."