New Australian Bureau of Statistics unemployment data released this morning have revealed a surge in unemployment, as uncertainty around Queensland’s interstate borders continues.

The Gold Coast recorded the worst results in the state, with 11400 jobs lost in the past 12 months, with 2780 gone in the last month alone.
A total of 19,900 people are unemployed on the Gold Coast, which is the highest number in Queensland.
Meanwhile, 1200 young people lost their job in just one month.

LNP Leader Deb Frecklington said Annastacia Palaszczuk’s refusal to commit to a border reopening date is closing businesses and costing jobs on the Gold Coast.

“The curve is flat, it’s time for Labor to stop flattening the economy,” Ms Frecklington said.

“Queensland now had the longest unemployment queue in our state’s history.

“Labor has no plan, no budget and no certainty for re-opening the interstate border.”

LNP Deputy Leader Tim Mander said the LNP understands that businesses and visitors need certainty and so we support re-opening our border to all Australians from 1 July.

“Only the LNP has a job-creating infrastructure plan, which includes building a second M1 and the New Bradfield Scheme to get Queensland working again,” Mr Mander said.

“Before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, the Queensland economy was on its knees, business confidence was in freefall and we had the most bankruptcies in the country, all under Labor’s watch.”ABS – Gold Coast

  • 11,400 jobs lost YoY – worst in the state
  • 2,780 jobs lost MoM – worst region in the state
  • There are now 19,990 unemployed Gold Coast locals – highest number in the state
  • 1,200 young locals lost their jobs MoM – biggest loss in the state