Where it will take you 18 months to find a job
IT'S taking an average of 18 months in some parts of the state to find a job as regional Queensland struggles under a growing long-term unemployment rate.
Analysis done for The Courier-Mail reveals the shockingly long job queues outside the southeast, with job creation virtually drying up over the past five years.
It comes as more long-term unemployed call Queensland home than any other state.
More than 47,000 were out of work for more than a year in August, when the state's unemployment rate sat at 6.4 per cent.
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The median time it took for a jobseeker to find work in places like Mount Isa, Barcaldine, Charleville and Longreach was a whopping 18 months.
It was only slightly better in Toowoomba, where dole payments had to stretch for nearly 16 months.
That compared to an eight-week job search in inner city Brisbane.
The struggle is highlighted in an analysis of Australian Bureau of Statics data by Conus/CBC Staff Selection for the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland, to be released today.
In the past five years, just 6020 of the 207,560 jobs generated have been in regional Queensland - less than three per cent.
That compares with one quarter of the 332,100 jobs created over the decade to 2009 being in regional Queensland, in trend terms.
CCIQ chief economic Dr Marcus Smith said there had been a slowdown in private sector investment amid frustrations around government approvals for key projects.
Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington said Labor was "dragging the economy down with more tax and less infrastructure spending and Queenslanders are paying the price with higher unemployment".
Treasurer Jackie Trad said the Government had discounted regional payroll tax, was giving free apprenticeships and was spending on infrastructure.
"But we acknowledge there is more to be done and we can never rest when it comes to economic stimulus in regional Queensland," she said.
AgForce chief executive Michael Guerin called on both sides of politics to plan for economic growth in good times and in drought.
"Agriculture is obviously a big part of economic activity in regional and rural Queensland and what the state desperately needs, and hasn't got, is a strategy for the regions and water is a key part of that," he said.
HOW LONG IT WILL TAKE YOU TO FIND A JOB IN QUEENSLAND
Brisbane Inner City - 8 weeks
Central Queensland - 9 weeks
Brisbane West - 9 weeks
Brisbane East - 10 weeks
Moreton Bay South - 13 weeks
Darling Downs/Maranoa - 13 weeks
Cairns - 14 weeks
Greater Brisbane - 15 weeks
Brisbane North - 16 weeks
Townsville - 17 weeks
Ipswich - 19 weeks
Sunshine Coast - 19 weeks
Brisbane South - 20 weeks
Logan/Beaudesert - 20 weeks
Gold Coast - 21 weeks
Mackay - 23 weeks
Wide Bay - 26 weeks
Moreton Bay North - 26 weeks
Toowoomba - 67 weeks
Outback Queensland - 72 weeks
* Source: Conus Industry Employment Trend/ABS