Focus must be on job creation, not the dole

THE focus needs to be on jobs creation not Work for the Dole programs, Fraser Coast Training Employment Support Service chief executive officer Lance Stone says.

Mr Stone is well placed to speak on the unemployment state locally as head of one of its longest-running training services.

He said the fact was there simply aren't enough jobs in the region to meet demand.

"We don't (have enough jobs). I think as a community, as a society, a civil society should have an obligation to provide people with a solution to their situation," Mr Stone said.

"We don't provide enough employment for our unemployed people to actually reduce that number, that's why we are recognised as having high unemployment.

"Unfortunately, I think we're looking at around 4500 to maybe 4700 jobseekers in our region, which includes our youth and mature-age people and the like, so there are not 4000 jobs out there that are going unfilled."

Mr Stone said work for the dole programs had been in use in the region for years, but he was more concerned with changes to eligibility rules for youth support payments.

He said under 25s could end up with no income support for six months under the new rules.



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