CQ job-seekers' shocking amount of time to find work
ROCKHAMPTON job seekers are waiting nearly a year to score their dream job with Darryl Lapworth saying civil works positions are the most sought after.
A recent report revealed Rockhampton's unemployed people are waiting 47 weeks to get a job, trailing behind Cairns and Townsville residents who wait less than 30.
However, the region was miles ahead of some areas, including Toowoomba and Wide Bay residents who could wait more than a year.
The general manager at CTC Employment Services said although he thought this average was high, it all came down to industry and skill levels.
In the last June quarter, Rockhampton Regional Council area had an unemployment rate of 8.38 percent, a rise of nearly one per cent since September 2016.
"Employers are becoming more definite with future employees and are after more skills," he said.
Mr Lapworth said government projects and jobs in the mining sector were the system's most popular jobs with people waiting up to seven months for a position.
He said the lack of development around Central Queensland meant the work just wasn't there.
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"We need big projects to spur our economy."
Mr Lapworth said the dormant economy meant employers were not committed to youth training and employed more experienced people to save money.
"Young people are having to leave and move to the city because that's where the jobs are," he said.
Since 2016, youth unemployment had risen from 9.7 per cent to 12.1 per cent in Fitzroy.
Mr Lapworth said although this was always disheartening, people in their late 20s to early 30s were more likely to pick up full-time work.
"People around these ages are more stable for employers and tend to have more life experience," he said.
"A state commitment to more developments would enable the region to employ more young people."
Mr Lapworth said CTC helped more than 2100 people get a job in the region last year with most still receiving stable incomes.
Although the demand for tradespeople meant jobs were always available, Mr Lapworth said administration and hospitality were also harder to break into.
Mr Lapworth said attitude was everything when applying for a job and encouraged keen workers to scrub up.
"Those people really have to work on presentation and attitude and they will find a lot more employers will be interested," he said.