A job's on if you want it
A SPIKE in Gympie’s unemployment numbers is certainly not due to a lack of work available in the area, with an “unusual increase” in job listings being advertised.
Gympie’s employment agencies have reported numerous listings, but said they were having difficulty matching the right applicants to the jobs.
Jobseeker Ricky Jessop, 19, is one of the 8.8% of Gympie people looking for work.
He is determined to get a decent paying job that will result in a qualification.
“I don’t want just any job, I want a career,” he said.
“I’ve worked my way through certificates and qualifications to try and get a job in the mines or civil construction.”
The unemployment figures, from the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics data, depend not only on the number of jobless but the number of people actively looking for work.
Data showed a 3.1% rise in Gympie’s unemployment since December, however, a drop in unemployment numbers in February is believed to be due to flood recovery.
Garry Davison from Jobmatch said the current job climate was caused by a skills shortage and an increase in people looking for work after the flood recovery. He said the participation rate at Jobmatch dropped from 54% to 51% in February, which led him to believe these figures were now balancing out.
“Our biggest problem is finding people to fill some of the skilled jobs that people are leaving for higher paid jobs in the mines,” he said. “There is so much work around here in the trade fields.”
Barb O’Hanlon from CTC Employment Services said the effect on small business after the floods had a noticeable impact on unemployment levels and vacancy listings were only now starting to recover with an unusual increase in listings currently occurring.
She said prominent skills sets sought were trade qualifications and hospitality.
“Gympie area has a high number of transient jobseekers. This has substantially increased since the floods as jobseekers look for work across the south-east corner.”