Queensland job figures hardest hit in the country

NEW national jobs figures show Queensland's employment figures were the hardest hit in the country with the LNP Government copping a lashing from the Opposition as 11,600 roles disappeared.

Although it had the largest change, the state still had the second lowest unemployment rate of any state with 6.1%, behind Western Australia's 5.1% on a seasonally adjusted basis.

Treasurer Tim Nicholls said he felt "no pleasure" from the figures, admitting the government had more work to do.

He attempted to soften the blow of the numbers by saying Queensland was one of three states to create jobs in the past 12 months, about 20,000 of them.

Shadow Treasurer Curtis Pitt said the Treasurer had "nowhere to go" with these new numbers from the ABS.

"These figures are hovering around GFC (Global Financial Crisis) levels," he said.

"It's significant because it's real people, real families doing it tough under the Newman Government."

"The LNP Government have no credibility when it comes to jobs."

Mr Nicholls said the government was still aiming to reach 4% unemployment within six years of taking power.

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