Where it takes 69 weeks to find a job
FOUR Queensland regions have broken through the full employment mark of 5 per cent, but there may be some tough times ahead for the state as crucial industries show significant falls in jobs.
And nationally, Baby Boomers just don't want to give up their jobs.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) figures show that inner Brisbane (4.2 per cent), the Gold Coast (4 per cent), Mackay (2.5 per cent) and Toowoomba (4.8 per cent) have broken through the full employment mark.
The ABS figures are not seasonally or trend adjusted but they indicate the jobs growth in those four areas has reached a point where bottlenecks occur and companies find it hard to get the right staff. It also follows claims by the mining industry that a skills shortage is looming.
Townsville remains the worst region in Queensland for unemployment, sitting at 13.8 per cent.
The ABS also released data on industries which showed a big fall in the number of jobs in healthcare and retail, both of which are big employers in Queensland.
The healthcare industry has had massive growth in recent years but fell by 13,000 in the May quarter. However, the industry has still grown by 140,000 jobs in the past decade. Retail, which is affected by seasonal swings, dropped by 24,000.
The three levels of the public service grew by 22,000 in the quarter while the crucial area of construction fell by 10,000.
The professional ranks also swelled by 11,000.
Toowoomba remains the hardest place to find work, with the ABS showing it takes 69 weeks to find a job. In Brisbane it's 22 weeks.
CommSec economist Craig James said the data also showed there was "no stopping Aussie Baby Boomers''.
"There are more people aged between 60 and 64 years that are currently working than those not working,'' Mr James said.
"Senior Aussies are continuing to work due to improved health, technology, more jobs in the services sector, a need to boost superannuation savings and a rise in flexible work options.
"Older worker participation is expected to increase further because of a gradual rise in the retirement age from 65.5 currently to 67 by 2023.''