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Job Prospects Strong Across QLD

By David Bell

There is further good news for anyone looking to sell property in Rockhampton, as figures show job prospects are improving across the state while other parts of the country struggle.

Data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has been analysed by acting treasurer John McVeigh, who said 75 per cent of all jobs created in Australia last year were located in Queensland.

He commented: "35,200 jobs were created in Queensland in trend terms over the 12 month period, almost 25,000 of those in the last six months.

"We've seen trend employment increase now for 14 out of the last 15 months."

Not only this, unemployment declined 0.1 per cent to reach 5.7 per cent in December 2013 – the second-lowest out of any state, falling slightly behind Western Australia.

ABS figures showed the national seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased 0.1 per cent during the final month of last year, putting the official rate at 5.8 per cent.

This was mainly driven by a fall in full-time employment, but slightly offset by a rise in people taking up part-time roles. An increase in the number of men undertaking part-time roles was also witnessed as 2013 drew to a close.

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