Editorial: Co-ordinated approach to jobs needed

OVER the past year unemployment has continued to rise, with the Wide Bay region now claiming the unfortunate title of highest youth unemployment in the whole of Queensland.

In the space of one month, it has risen from 20.6% to 21.6%.

Only one other region - Cairns - has a rate above 20%.

But what is being done about it?

State Member for Bundaberg Leanne Donaldson has called on the Federal Government to help reverse the jobless rate.

In April, Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt announced a new $5 billion employment service Jobactive, which will be introduced on July 1.

The Work for the Dole program will be a key part of this program and Bundaberg is already one of 18 areas which run the Work for the Dole scheme.

But there is no magic bullet that will cure this.

And I don't believe just one level of government is responsible.

There needs to be a co-ordinated approach from state, federal and local government to ensure that new business continues to come to the region, and brings jobs with them.

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