Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Jobless Up on Last Year; Gladstone Employers Fear Inability to Hire as Skills Crisis Nears

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Jobless Up on Last Year; Gladstone Employers Fear Inability to Hire as Skills Crisis Nears

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Byline: KIERAN MORAN kieran.moran@gladstoneobserver.com.au

THERE are more people out of work in Gladstone than this time last year, according to government figures.

Despite being on the brink of a so-called employment crisis and skills shortage, latest results from the Department of Employment reveal the jobless figures for Gladstone have jumped by 25 per cent in the past year.

Figures show that currently there are more than 1600 people unemployed in Gladstone compared to 1300 last year and more than 1800 in 1998.

Gladstone Economic and Industry Development Board chief executive Dr Ken King said Gladstone was not much different from other regional centres in Queensland.

C[pounds sterling]Workers will be required across a range of sectors and award rates vary accordingly. Business and industry will determine the timing for appropriate hiring,C[yen] Dr King said.

The quarterly report shows Rockhampton's jobless figures remain steady, but are on the rise across 60 per cent of regional Queensland. …

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