Jobseekers doing it tough in Ipswich
RECENT statistics have revealed Ipswich is one of the worst areas in the state for young job seekers.
Although general unemployment in Ipswich has declined from 9% to 7.4% over the last 12 months, young people are still drawing the short straw when it comes to finding work locally.
Treasurer and Employment Minister Curtis Pitt said Ipswich recorded the biggest fall in the unemployment rate of any region in Queensland but said youth unemployment in the area was "unacceptably high".
"In choosing Springfield as its Queensland headquarters, major employers like GE are providing much-needed employment and growth opportunities for the Ipswich economy," he said."However the youth unemployment rate in Ipswich remained elevated in May, sitting at 16.6%."
The Australian Bureau of Statistics data released on Thursday showed Ipswich's youth jobless rate was the fourth highest in Queensland.
Ipswich MP Jennifer Howard said more needed to be done to get young people into work.
"I'm pleased to see the drop in general unemployment in Ipswich, but there's still much to be done," Ms Howard said.
"The first thing this Government is doing is re-instating the successful Skilling Queenslanders for Work program which is important particularly in the area of youth unemployment.
"Additionally we are introducing the payroll tax rebate to encourage Ipswich bosses to employ apprentices and trainees."
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