Unemployment leaps three per cent

FEDERAL Member for Wide Bay Warren Truss has slammed the latest Wide Bay Burnett region unemployment figures.

Unemployment in the area, which includes Gympie, has skyrocketed from 6.7 per cent in August to 9.3 per cent in September, the highest under Labor since it reached 10.1 per cent in May 2009.

“Local unemployment is alarming,” Mr Truss said.

“The Rudd-Gillard Labor Government wasted billions on so called job creation schemes, including debt funded cash give aways; Labor’s overpriced school halls program; Peter Garrett’s disastrous home insulation scheme; and his rorted Green Loans initiative.

“People in Wide Bay have been left with their share of the massive debt, but we do not have the jobs to show for it.”

Mr Truss said Labor had also not lived up to employment promises.

“Anna Bligh promised to create 100,000 jobs, but so far none have been delivered in Wide Bay. All she has done is threaten the future of Downer EDI Rail by opening up a $2 billion rail tender to overseas bids,” Mr Truss said.

He warned that Labor and the Greens have a raft of policies that would put more jobs at risk.

“Labor and the Greens have a plan to close fishing in up to 13,042sq km of ocean just off Fraser Island, which would have a devastating impact on local employment if it proceeds,” Mr Truss said.

“Sunshine, Cooloola and Fraser Coast communities rely heavily on the fishing and seafood industries and the jobs they create in the tourism and hospitality sectors. These industries are major employers in our region and Labor and The Greens can not be allowed to decimate them.

“Unemployment could rise further in regional areas if Labor and the Greens pursue their carbon tax plan that will make our industries less competitive.”

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