Jobless numbers on rise in Tweed

By LEONIE BRANN

FEDERAL Employment and Workplace Relations Department figures show unemployment in the Tweed jumped from 7.1 per cent to 8.7 per cent in the 12 months to September.

Over the same period, the tourist meccas of Surfers Paradise and Coolangatta experienced a drop in their unemployment rates.

The department's NSW Regional Labour Market Report places the Richmond-Tweed and Mid-North Coast in the top three regions for employment growth in NSW.

The quarterly report also shows strong labour force particiption growth ? which means there are now more people looking for work in the Tweed than in the past.

Opposition Leader Peter Debnam has claimed the Iemma Government's business tax burden is to blame for jobs "flooding" over the bor- der to Queensland.

As a result, Mr Debnam reckons Tweed unemployment has been pushed up.

But Tweed MP Neville Newell told the Daily News the NSW Government is helping business, by cutting payroll tax and reducing WorkCover premiums.

Mr Newell said businesses like marine electronics company Lowrance Australia had chosen to relocate to the Tweed, rather than over the border to Queensland.



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