Qld coal powering jobs market

JOBS in Queensland’s coal industry surged 15% in the May quarter, according to the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics labour force data.
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Queensland coal mining employment levels remained resilient to COVID-19 impacts.

The data showed Queensland's overall resources sector employment levels remained resilient to COVID-19 impacts to local operations and overseas markets with only a 1% drop in direct jobs.

Exploration and mining support jobs bounced 7%.

Queensland Resources Council CEO Ian Macfarlane said the data showed direct jobs in mining moved from 66,331 to 65,337 reinforcing the industry's role in the COVID-19 recovery.

"There is a lot of pain in other industries as the impacts of COVID-19 unfold and this data demonstrates the importance of the diversity in Queensland's resources sector," he said.

 "To put these numbers into perspective in the three months to May, Queensland lost 184,367 jobs across all industries. That's roughly equal to every Queenslander employed in the public service or twice the number of jobs in agriculture, forestry and fishing."

Macfarlane said both the jobs preserved and created in this quarter flowed through to indirect jobs in workshops and offices.

"Across Queensland the resources sector supports 372,561 indirect and direct full-time jobs," he said.

 "We want to keep employing more Queenslanders and supporting more regional communities through local investment. To do that, it's essential that we have clear and transparent rules and regulations."

Nationally mining is listed by the ABS as the third least affected industry in terms of job vacancies over the quarter.

 

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