Beaudesert youth unemployment at 17.1 per cent

Worrying: Beaudesert’s youth unemployment rate has risen to 17.1 per cent, an increase of .7 per cent in six months.BEAUDESERT’S youth unemployment figure has risen to 17.1 per cent, an increase of almost one percentage point in only six months.
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On Thursday, the state government revealed Queensland’sunemployment rate had dippedbelow 6 per cent for the first time in two years.

But the samedata showed youth unemployment figures are continuing to rise at worrying levels, particularity in regional areas.

The Australian Bureau of Statistic figures show theunemployment rate of young people aged 15-24 in Logan/Beaudesert rose from 16.4 per cent in May 2015 to 17.1 per cent in December.

It shows Logan/Beaudesert has some of the worst unemployment rates in the state, behind Wide Bay (21 per cent),Cairns (20 per cent) and Townsville (18.9 per cent).

The national rate is 12.4 per cent.

Employment Minister Grace Grace said on Thursday that youth unemployment was a difficult problem to fix but vowed she would “nevergive up” on finding jobs for young people.

“I don’t know if there’s much you can change structurally,” she said.

“There’s always an issue with youth unemployment. It’s not new, it’s been around a long time.”

Beaudesert MP Jon Krause said Ms Grace’s comments proved Labor did not have a plan to combattheissue.

“By saying there’s structural factorsat play and there’s not much she can do proves that. There are things you can do.”

Mr Krause said local small business needed incentives to hire young people and criticised the state government for scrapping a number of employment inducementsintroduced by the Newman government.

“They replaced them with payroll tax rebates, but that doesn’t really help youth unemployment in our area at all because 95 per cent of businesses in our region don’t pay payroll tax,” he said.

“They’ve scrapped all the incentives that local businesses were taking advantage of to get trainees in place to deal with youth employment.”

Mr Krause said the state government must do more to improve business confidence in regional areas,which he said would encourage businesses to invest and grow.

“Better fiscal management, tax rebates andtax breaks for small businesses would help improve business confidence,” he said.

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