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Somerset unemployment at lowest rate since 2015

UNEMPLOYMENT in Somerset is at its lowest rate since September 2015, latest figures reveal.

Published: July 29th 2019

UNEMPLOYMENT in Somerset is at its lowest rate since September 2015, latest figures reveal.

The Federal Government report showed Somerset’s unemployment rate for the first quarter of this year was 7.2 per cent.

Somerset Mayor Graeme Lehmann said the figure represented a decrease of almost one per cent on the previous quarter.

“This reflects in part the hard work in lifting the standard of local infrastructure, particularly bridges, roads and the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail, and this is increasing productivity and boosting businesses across the Somerset Regional Council area,” Cr Lehmann said.

“While we have a way to go, we recognise the efforts of local businesses and industries such as Kilcoy Global Foods and the Brisbane Valley Protein Precinct in helping to create an economic turnaround for our region.

“The State Government could assist Somerset further by including the community in the Works for Queensland program, which already provides significant funding for neighbouring councils like South Burnett and Gympie.

“To be clear, we are not asking the government to allocate more money to the program, just to recognise there are economic challenges in all regional areas and to include Somerset as one of the councils that are eligible for funding.”

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