The tiniest drop in unemployment

JOBSEEKERS in Bundaberg didn't have much luck for the September quarter, with unemployment dropping only a fraction from 8.7% to 8.6%.

The latest available figures, provided by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, show Bundaberg and surrounding areas still have a higher jobless rate than most of Queensland.

Unemployment is almost a full percentage point lower in the neighbouring Fraser Coast local government area, and decreased from 9.8% to 9.7% in the year to September.

Hinkler MP Keith Pitt said strengthening the local economy would secure more jobs for Bundaberg next year.

"We're doing everything we can to help improve the unemployment rate," Mr Pitt said.

"I fought hard to ensure two of the 18 communities selected nationally for the first phase of Work for the Dole are in the Hinkler electorate."

Mr Pitt said there were a range of other incentives and initiatives in place to help improve the unemployment rate.

"The top three priorities for our office next year are jobs, jobs, jobs," he said.

Across Queensland, the most recent data puts the November jobless rate at 6.9%, compared to the national rate of 6.3%

The ABS regional employment figures showed the jobless rate for the entire Wide Bay region decreased to 8.4% in November.














Topics:  jobs unemployment

Coral reef fin fish off the menu from Friday

NO GO: Coral reef fin fish species including red emperor will be off-limits for five days starting on Friday.

Annual closure to protect species during spawning

Drugs seized in car roll-over accident

STASH: The 536g of cannabis seized in car roll-over near Childers.

Police located a quantity of cannabis inside a cooler bag.

Man charged with multiple car thefts

ARREST: A 21-year-old Walkervale man is in custody accused of a spate of car thefts and traffic offences, including the theft of car dumped at Hinkler Central.

Police make arrest over car ditched at Hinkler

Local Partners

Watch out for river work if you are on the Burnett

BOATIES using the reaches of the Burnett River near Strathdee's boat ramp may notice a barge undertaking work

Men's Shed to open soon

MEN'S SHED: Rob Miller and Col Driver at the new Gayndah Men's Shed.

The Gayndah Men's Shed is ready to open

Community garden set for Palmwoods

Kay Nixon at the Palmwoods Community Gardens will be hosting a launch day and inviting the ecommunity to come along and sign up.

Parcel of land to supply sustainable gardening for community

Former Split Enz front man Tim Finn finds new niche

Singer Tim Finn has written the music for theatre production Ladies in Black.

Musician finds his way to theatre

Why this actress wasn't embarrassed by nude photo leak

Leslie Jones source Bang

'If you wanna see Leslie Jones naked, just ask,' she said

Dad's Army comic genius Jim Perry dies

Jimmy Perry, the creator of Dad's Army.

Dad's Army series captured all that British people savour

Check out some fashions from the Coast festival

FASHION: Ocean Zen range.

Images from the Sunshine Coast Fashion Festival show what's hot

Australian Survivor's magician Matt out of tricks

Australian Survivor contestant Matt Tarrant.

SHOW'S power couple looks unstoppable in race to the finish.

Ruby Mills misses out on spot in Mel B's underdog team

Bundaberg singer Ruby Mills pictured during the three-seat challenge on The X Factor.

BUNDABERG singer officially out of contention for singing show.

Top floor teams take out The Block's terrace week

Kim and Chris pictured on their winning outdoor terrace in a scene from The Block.

RIVALS Kim and Chris and Julia and Sasha tie in final week of work.

Hinterland horse stud passed in for $8.25 million

UNREAL: This Maleny estate is incredible.

12-bedroom hinterland horse stud still available

Hit songwriter's Noosa mansion on market

SPECIAL PLACE: The Cintamani estate is going to tender, marketed by Tom Offermann Real Estate.

Is this Queensland's best property?

Kiwi siblings snap up Dotcom mansion for $32.5m

The new toy company owners of the Coatesville mansion want replace any controversy with positivity and fun. Photo / Barfoot and Thompson

The trio paid $32.5 million for the property in June

New $200 million development will create 580 jobs

Cassie And Josh with baby Alfie and daughter Andee. They have bought at new Lennox Head development Epiq.

Majority of new positions will be given to Northern Rivers locals

Cherrabah's mega resort plans axed

PLANS for a massive development at Cherrabah have been scrapped.

What our mayor thinks of the new draft SEQPlan

The plan to use the innovative technology as part of the new Maroochydore CBD was cemented on site today when Mayor Mark Jamieson and Envac Asia Region president Chun Yong Ha formally signed the contract for the $20 million underground waste collection system.

New plan accommodates Sunshine Coast Council's vision for growth.