April 15, 2019
Unemployment in the Wide Bay-Burnett region has fallen for the third year in a row, according to the latest Small Area Labour Markets (SALM) data compiled by the Department of Jobs and Small Business.
After peaking in 2015, unemployment has declined for three years in a row in the South Burnett, Gympie, Fraser Coast and Bundaberg council areas.
It has also declined for the past two years in Cherbourg.
The latest SALM data shows unemployment fell by 0.5 per cent in both the South and North Burnett between December 2017 and December 2018.
It also fell by 0.7 per cent in Cherbourg; by 0.8 per cent in Gympie and Fraser Coast; and by 1 per cent in Bundaberg.
The South Burnett’s unemployment rate is now 8.2 per cent, a figure last seen in December 2013.
South Burnett Mayor Keith Campbell welcomed the news.
“This is a great result for our region and a good indication of the heavy lifting being undertaken by businesses and industry,” the Mayor said.