Youth unemployment on the rise in Fitzroy due to drought

THE drought and a lack of construction jobs are the main reasons for an increase in the Fitzroy region's youth unemployment numbers, Treasurer Curtis Pitt says.

New figures show youth unemployment in the Fitzroy region rose from 10.6% in April 2014 to 11.3% in April this year.

This number is below the state average of 14.3%.

Mr Pitt (pictured), who is also the Minister for Employment, said one major factor driving the region's youth unemployment rate was the fall in engineering construction as LNG projects were moving from the construction phase to export phase.

Mr Pitt said job creation initiatives for Queensland, such as the Skilling Queenslanders for Work program, were hoping to secure 32,000 jobs in the next four years. "The Palaszczuk government is focused on economic development in regional Queensland through our Building the Regions program," Mr Pitt said. "This initiative will bring job-creating projects and important infrastructure to the Fitzroy, which is exactly what's needed to tackle high youth unemployment.

"We're also restoring confidence in the Queensland economy with our pro-jobs and pro-growth policies; businesses and jobseekers need positive economic policies that promote jobs, confidence and investment, and that's what we're delivering.

"We're not increasing mining royalties in this term, and there will be no new fees, taxes or charges.

"We're also providing real incentives to employ young Queenslanders, such as our 25% payroll tax rebate which will save Queensland businesses up to $45 million over the next three years."

Deputy Opposition Leader and Shadow Treasurer John-Paul Langbroek said the government had no plan to assist young people find work. "Labor's lack of investment in infrastructure affects confidence and growth," Mr Langbroek said

"The LNP's plan, aside from investing in infrastructure throughout the state, was to help small business."

YOUTH UNEMPLOYMENT RATES

Fitzroy region April 2014 - 10.6%

Fitzroy region April 2015 - 11.3%

State average - 14.3%



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