Growth fuels 3700 jobs created for Ipswich in one year
GOOD news on the job front continues with the latest Queensland Treasury figures showing 3700 jobs have been created in the past year.
While the state's employment growth was at 0.2%, Ipswich's growth was at 2.6%.
However, the unemployment rate was at 6.6% in the Ipswich statistical region, compared with a statewide unemployment rate of 6.5%.
The statistical boundaries for Ipswich now include the Brisbane suburbs of Inala and Forest Lake and rural areas of the Lockyer Valley.
A change to the boundaries in January 2014 had the published unemployment rate for Ipswich increase from 6.3% to 8.3%.
The 6.6% unemployment rate for the September figures was a decrease of 3 percentage points over the year.
The participation rate in the Ipswich statistical region was 64.2%, a decrease of 1.9 percentage points over the year.
Mayor Paul Pisasale said job creation had been in construction, logistics at TNT, Northline and DB Schenker, retail with the expansion of shopping centres, rail jobs lost at Redbank replaced at Bombardier, aerospace industry and new small business opening in the city, especially in hospitality.
"We're on the right track. Unemployment is not something you fix overnight. What you are seeing now are the results of 15 years of hard work," Cr Pisasale said.
"We are the envy of many cities around Australia. No one in Australia creates 3700 jobs in one year.
"We are starting to get a good mix of jobs from aerospace to retail to hospitality and that is what makes a community because you need all jobs for all people."