Gary Bannister, manager of the Bundaberg’s Jobfind, is not convinced that Australia’s unemployment rate is at an all-time low.
Gary Bannister, manager of the Bundaberg’s Jobfind, is not convinced that Australia’s unemployment rate is at an all-time low. ROB BARICH

Struggling to find jobs in Bundy

AUSTRALIAN unemployment figures are at an eight-month low, but Bundaberg jobseeker Darren Lane is not convinced this trend has reached Bundaberg.

Mr Lane has been unable to find steady, full-time work in the area for six years and cannot understand why.

He has responsible service of alcohol and responsible gambling service certificates, as well as a Certificate I in hospitality, but has been unable to find work.

“I read the paper and check the Centrelink jobs touch screen every day but people just never call back,” Mr Lane said.

“Often I just walk around and hand in my resume at places around town, but no-one calls, even when they say they will.”

Mr Lane said many employers only wanted young employees.

“One pub in town once told me: ‘Sorry, we only employ women’,” he said.

Mr Lane said one convenience store owner, who asked him to call back left him on hold for 25 minutes, using up $65 of his phone credit, only to receive a no to his job application.

“I’d do anything to get a job to find a better life for me and my son,” Mr Lane said.

“It’s all I’ve ever wanted.”

The Australian Bureau of Statistics revealed the December unemployment rate stood at 5.6% — a drop of 0.1% from the previous month.

Bundaberg Jobfind centre manager Garry Bannister said there was still a heavy amount of employment in Bundaberg, especially in hospitality, retail and aged care.

Mr Bannister said there was one quality employers wanted.

“Whilst experience and presentation are important, the desire to work is the most looked-for trait in an employee,” he said.



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