New figures have revealed a jump in unemployment Townsville just one week after Annastacia Palaszczuk’s Budget forecast slower growth and even higher debt for Queensland.
ABS statistics showed unemployment in the Townsville region climbed from 8.5 per cent to 9.2 per cent last month. Youth unemployment jumped from 17.9 per cent to 18.7 per cent.
“All Labor is delivering for Townsville is more tax, more debt and higher unemployment,” LNP Shadow Treasurer and Deputy Leader Tim Mander said.
“Labor has no plan for the economy and Townsville workers are paying the price.”
Mr Mander said high unemployment was one reason for Townsville’s crime problem.
LNP Leader Deb Frecklington unveiled the Opposition’s Economic Plan for Queensland in Parliament last week. The plan promises to:
- Bust congestion
- Provide cheaper electricity
- Ensure better health and education services
- Deliver water security
- Guarantee no new taxes
“The LNP has a plan to help people get a job and get ahead,” Mr Mander said.
“This state is stagnating and all Labor has done is implement five new taxes that will rip $2.2 billion out of the economy and destroy jobs.”