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Western Downs’ unemployment rates continue to fall

28 October 2016

The latest jobless rates for regional Queensland released yesterday, show both general and youth unemployment in the Western Downs has continued to fall over the past year and remain the lowest in the state.

  • The Western Downs is at the heart of the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Darling Downs-Maranoa Region, which for September 2016 reported a general unemployment rate of 3.1%, down 0.6% from September 2015;
  • The Darling Downs-Maranoa Region still boasts the lowest general unemployment rate against the state average of 6.1% and 4.5% in Toowoomba;
  • At almost half the state average of 13.1%, the Darling Downs-Maranoa has the lowest youth unemployment rate in Queensland at 7.1%, down 1.6% from September 2015;
  • Low unemployment rates indicate that our regional economy remains strong, with our communities and businesses continuing to buck the trend of rural decline in the post-mining boom economy.

Western Downs Regional Council Mayor Paul McVeigh said the latest jobless rates for regional Queensland demonstrate that Western Downs is still leading the state as one of the best regions to invest in.

“These incredibly low unemployment rates show just how resilient and diverse our regional economy is, despite the challenges of the post-mining boom economy,” he said.

“From agriculture and manufacturing to retail and the current wave of renewable energy, the Western Downs is brimming with business and industry growth which continues to strengthen our regional economy.

“Our region is ripe with investment opportunities and there’s still so much more to come, particularly once the Toowoomba Range crossing is completed.

“I’m excited about what the future holds and I believe now is the time for our communities and businesses to take advantage of our local economy by looking to bring investment opportunities to the Western Downs.

“The strength of our regional economy, coupled with Queensland’s lowest unemployment place the Western Downs as one of the best regions to not only live, but to invest.”

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Media Contact:
Cr Paul McVeigh | Mayor Western Downs Regional Council | 0409 700 392