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Resources sector helps Queensland secure strongest national jobs growth

The Queensland resources sector has helped the State achieve the strongest annual growth in trend employment in Australia based on jobs data released today.

Queensland Resources Council Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the Australian Bureau of Statistics has reported Queensland’s annual job growth was 4.3% ahead of all other States and Territories, outpacing nearest rivals the Australian Capital Territory (3.9%) and New South Wales (3.6%).

“Queenslanders are the winners with this strong growth in jobs, and I am proud the resources sector is contributing so much of this growth,” he said.

“Last financial year, direct full-time equivalent jobs in the resources sector grew by 12.7% to 38,150.”

“Across the State, the resources sector supports one in every eight jobs.”

“We are seeing more growth with online jobs site SEEK identifying a year-on-year growth of 10.3% of advertised vacancies in the mining and energy sectors.”

“The signals for future growth are strong.”

Mr Macfarlane said while Queensland’s unemployment rate remained at 6%, the resources sector was determined to work with its industry and government partners to drive up opportunities and drive down unemployment.

The Queensland Resources Council is the peak representative body for Queensland’s resource industry. The Queensland resources industry provides one in every $6 dollars in the Queensland economy, sustains one in eight Queensland jobs, and supports more than 16,400 business across the State all from 0.1 percent of Queensland’s land mass.

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