State of Regions report gloomy for Fraser Coast's unemployed

A REPORT card branding the Fraser Coast as one of the worst-performing economies in Australia is no surprise to our unemployed youth - but now they want to know what will be done about it.

Findings from the State of Regions Report 2014-2015 revealed the Wide Bay Burnett area as the lowest income area in Australia with the second fastest rise in unemployment.

Fraser Coast jobseekers say its high time officials took notice and solved the problem.

Former hospitality worker and Maryborough mum Tonette Kebalsky said the job market competition could leave her penniless.

"There is just so much competition and I've been applying for eight jobs a week."

Member for Hervey Bay Ted Sorensen said a similar story had been echoed with one local resort manager having 350 applications for a single low-skill job.

While the Fraser Coast is filled with talented people, Mr Sorensen said the solution stood in boosting business incentives and in cutting red tape.

"If we can get every business to just employ one extra person, that would help fix the problem," he said.

The region's youth unemployment figure is at 21.3 per cent.

Mayor Gerard O'Connell said the council was building infrastructure needed for growth in the decades ahead, meaning short-term pain for long-term gain.

"Nobody likes seeing costs go up, but we have been asked to do more heavy lifting," he said.



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