Local MPs say the latest ABS labour figures again shows the Moreton Bay South region is one of the state’s employment powerhouses.


“The region’s unemployment rate, at just 3.4 per cent, is again the second lowest of any region in the state,” Mr Trevor Ruthenberg, Member for Kallangur, said.


“The employment growth experienced in Moreton Bay South in the year to March 2014 was more than three greater than the state-wide average.”


“There are 3,500 more people in jobs in the region that there were 12 months ago.”


“Moreton Bay South also has one of the highest participation rates in the state, underlining the confidence that abounds in the local economy.”


Member for Pine Rivers, Mr Seath Holswich, said unemployment in the region had fallen considerably since the Newman Government’s election.


“Unemployment has dropped by one per cent since March 2012,” Mr Holswich said.


“This is the latest in a strong of positive economic releases, with building approvals in the region also 5.6 per cent higher over the year to February 2014.”


“We know there is more to do, and that not all Queenslanders are yet experiencing the full benefits of this growth, but the figures are encouraging.”


“One of my key local priorities for 2014 is to support local businesses to bring more jobs into our region, and Mr Ruthenberg and I will continue to do whatever we can to strengthen our local economy and support local businesses.”


“Our Government is determined to continue working so that we achieve our goal of a four per cent unemployment rate and this means a focus on all regions, including Moreton Bay South.”