Increased unemployment rate highlights importance of Queensland resource sector jobs

18 July 2019

The Queensland resources sector can help put downward pressure on the State’s increasing unemployment rate with more than 1300 vacancies currently advertised.

Queensland Resources Council Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the Queensland’s trend unemployment rate increased by 0.1% to 6.3% – a two-year high – was disappointing, but the resources sector was offering hundreds of opportunities across the State.

Mr Macfarlane said the QRC was surveying its member company Chief Executive Officers to understand their employment intentions.  QRC will release those findings soon in its quarterly State of the Sector report.

“Already we know unemployment rates in mining regions are well below the State average.  Mackay-Isaac-Whitsunday is below 5%,” he said.

“Resource sector employers are currently advertising 1360 positions across Queensland in resources, mining and energy on”

Mr Macfarlane said 980 of those advertised jobs – or almost three quarters – pay more than $100,000 per annum.

“These are good jobs in a great industry in the best State of Australia,” he said.

The advertised positions by region, noting some roles are advertised in multiple regions, are:

Mackay and Coalfields 499
Brisbane 342
Gladstone and Central Queensland 125
Western Queensland 105
Townsville 83
Mount Isa 82
Rockhampton and Capricorn Coast 66
Toowoomba and Darling Downs 50
Cairns and Far North Queensland 43
Sunshine Coast 9
Bundaberg and Wide Bay 8

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