Queensland Deputy Premier Jackie Trad insists the state government hasn’t forgotten about the state’s regional areas, as a new report shows tens of thousands out of work.
Labor force data, published by News Corp, indicates 43,000 people have lost their jobs in regional parts of the state over the past year.
The figures also show a general softening of the job market, with full-time jobs being replaced with part-time positions.
Ms Trad insists they’re already dealing with the issue, as the state undergoes a “transitioning economy.”
“The Palaszczuk government is doing everything it can to stimulate regional economies, particularly through programs focused on getting unemployed people back to work, and also delivering infrastructure where it’s needed most,” Ms Trad told reporters on Monday.
The deputy premier pointed to several employment programs they had put in place over the last two years specifically targeting regional Queensland.