100 people a week lose work across Gladstone, Rockhampton

FROM big businesses to small businesses, everyone is feeling the pinch from the downturn in the resources sector.

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With job cuts at major industries in Gladstone almost a monthly occurrence, it should come as no surprise that our region has the eighth-highest unemployment rate in the state.

The number of people who are unemployed in the Fitzroy region, which includes Gladstone and Rockhampton, hit 8300 by the end of June.

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400 people lost their job or remained unemployed last month.
400 people lost their job or remained unemployed last month. Paul Braven

And according to Queensland Treasury, that means in one month 400 people lost their jobs or remained unemployed.

The unemployment rate for Fitzroy in June was 6.6%, an increase of 0.3% during the year and 0.4% higher than the state average.

But, if you are feeling particularly hard done by, spare a thought for our southern neighbours in Wide Bay.

The unemployment rate there is the third highest in Queensland at 9%.

The picture for Central Queensland remains bleak, with Commsec's State of the States' report dropping the Queensland economy one position to sixth due to the downturn, unemployment rate and low construction work.

On Monday premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the state needed to focus on things such as tourism to reinvigorate the economy and create more jobs.

"Queensland has a bright future - we will be leading the nation when it comes to economic growth of 4% over the next year," she said.

The premier also highlighted increased LNG exports from Curtis Island as a major influence on the ongoing health of the state's economy.


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