It?s a good job market
By JOSEPH TERNOWETSKY
ABOUT four weeks ago 16-yearold Daniel MacKenzie applied for his first job.
He was looking for work in the cabinet making industry, as after high school he will be starting an apprenticeship in the trade.
He applied at a few places and in no time found work at Kawana Kitchens, where he can learn relevant skills.
"I wanted to work here because I had heard good stories about the place,'' he said.
"I got on right away.''
This may sound like good luck, but Daniel is not alone.
Australia's economy is booming and last week the national unemployment rate reached a record low.
The rate had dipped 0.1% to 5%, its lowest since 1976.
Queensland's unemployment rate is even lower at 3.9%.
In the Rockhampton region the unemployment rate is 7.3% Although this is higher than the national average, Margaret Goody from the Rockhampton Regional Development Centre, said demand for skilled workers in Rockhampton was only increasing.
"Demand for unskilled workers is shrinking because of more efficient business practices,'' she said.
"As the mining sector continues to expand businesses will need more staff.''
She said the main employment issue in the area was getting unskilled workers trained.
But the unemployment rate in the region was expected to continue to drop, she said. n Have an interesting story about your first job? We want to hear it. Email firstname.lastname@example.org