The Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ) has called for a ‘re-shuffling’ of the Federal Government’s stimulus after a report on regional unemployment.
According to the Australian Development Strategies’ Regional Unemployment Index, 10 out of 14 Queensland regions were experiencing recession levels of unemployment growth in the 12 months to September.
In Cairns alone 13.8 per cent of the regional workforce were unemployed, the report found.
“With the rise in the dollar and a continuing fall in inbound tourism, conditions could get far worse,” he said.
The report also documents serious unemployment in Mt Isa, Townsville, Wide Bay/Burnett, Central Queensland, northern parts of the Gold Coast and Logan and blue-collar commuter regions around Brisbane.
"It’s needed far more in certain areas than others, so there’s a good case for a re-shuffle of the spending."
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