Job hunters hold on: long wait for work on the Coast
THE latest figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics showed the Sunshine Coast region's unemployment rate had slightly decreased from 8.5% to 8.1% between February 2014 and the same month this year.
But this figure is still higher than Queensland overall, which had a 7.4% unemployment rate in February.
The figures, which were released on Thursday, also show the average unemployed person waited about 89 weeks - more than a year and a half - to find a job.
In February last year, the average jobless person waited only 24 weeks.
Figures also show there are about 14,200 people without a job in the region, compared to 15,400 in the same period last year.
The Sunshine Coast's unemployment rate is also the worst it's been since May last year, when it was 8.5%.
Between then and February, the rate varied between 6-7% but has now gone over the 8% mark once again.
Last week the ABS reported the Queensland seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for February was 6.7%, which had grown by 0.2% in a month.
Without taking seasonal employment trends into account, the unemployment rate for Queensland was 7.4% in February.
ABS Labor Force Support Surveys director Stephen Collett said an overall increasing unemployment rate could come down to one simple fact; there were not enough jobs for the increasing population.
- APN NEWSDESK