Member for Keppel Brittany Lauga
Member for Keppel Brittany Lauga Chris Ison ROK080716cbike3

Get Back to Work Youth Boost for schoolies

MEMBER for Keppel, Brittany Lauga said while Queensland's unemployment rate continues to decline, she urged employers to use the new $20,000 Back to Work Youth Boost for employers hiring 15-24-year-olds.

ABS figures released this week show a trend unemployment rate for October of 6.0 per cent for the state compared with 6.1% in September.

Seasonally adjusted figures showed an unemployment rate of 5.8% in October compared with 6.2% in September.

"While it's good to see the jobless rate fall, the government's focus on creating jobs remains and I specifically work every day towards creating more jobs in Keppel,” Mrs Lauga said.

"With school finishing there will be a lot of youths looking for work and it's why we recently announced a Back to Work Youth Boost offering $20,000 to employers engaging 15-24-year-olds between December and 28 February 28, 2017.

"The Back to Work program is specifically targeted at regional Queensland - employers in the south-east corner can't apply. So it's ours alone.

"So far 348 employers have taken up the offer of incentives totalling more than $3 million by engaging 708 formerly jobless regional Queenslanders. "



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