Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Jobless Rate Hits 7.1% but Future Bright

Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Jobless Rate Hits 7.1% but Future Bright

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THE number of jobseekers in the Bundaberg region has jumped by almost 700 people since September last year, according to government figures released yesterday.

The Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations release for the September 2009 quarter shows Bundaberg's unemployment rate has gone up to 7.1% from 5.7% in the past year.

But despite the rise, Bundaberg Region Mayor Lorraine Pyefinch said she breathed a sigh of relief when she saw the figures.

"Obviously it's not good news that another 692 people are on benefits, but we are really lucky that we have made it through the worst of the global financial crisis with only a 1.5% increase," Cr Pyefinch said.

"To keep it under 2% is a great achievement and it really reflects the strength of our local economy."

She said the figures put the Bundaberg region in a good position as the economy started to improve, and encouraged business owners to examine the opportunities on offer.

"It should be seen as a call to action for businesses to take advantage of the subsidies that are now available to take on jobseekers as trainees and apprentices," Cr Pyefinch said. …

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