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Resources industry delivers 10,000 jobs to QLD

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) data shows that Queensland’s resources sector has delivered an increase of close to 10,000 jobs in the state in the February quarter.

The ABS reported that exploration and mining support services jobs were up 63 percent and coal sector jobs increased by 23 percent.

Over the 12 months to February, the ABS reported that metal jobs were 98 percent higher, while oil and gas jobs were up 61 percent.

Queensland Resources Council (QRC) chief executive Ian Macfarlane said the number of jobs created in just one quarter was more than the number of athletes competing at the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.

Employment growth in the sector is also leading to greater diversity, the QRC pointed out. Indigenous employment in the Queensland resources sector has outstripped growth across the total resources sector workforce, doubling in 10 years.

“In 2006, Indigenous people comprised 3 percent of the State’s workforce in resources, whereas in 2016, it had grown to 4 percent,” Macfarlane said.

“Queensland’s Indigenous population is 4 percent which places the resources sector as one of the few industries with a genuine representation.” Read more…



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