Treasurer Curtis Pitt said today’s ABS labour force data shows an encouraging trend towards full-time employment in Queensland.

Mr Pitt said today’s ABS figures reveal 4,800 full-time jobs were created in Queensland in March.

The ABS data released today shows trend unemployment remained steady at 6.5 per cent, unchanged from the previous month.

“This is an encouraging result in challenging economic conditions,” he said.

“It’s Queensland’s fifth consecutive monthly gain in the number of overall jobs created.

“However, we recognise that there’s much more work that needs to be done.

“We’re working with business and industry to create more jobs, grow the economy and provide more employment opportunities for Queenslanders.

“Job creation will remain a top priority for the Palaszczuk Government, which is all about building confidence and creating more employment opportunities.”

Mr Pitt said there were other encouraging signs on the economic horizon.

“According to the latest NAB Monthly Business Survey for March 2015, business conditions improved in the month,” he said.

“ABS Lending Finance data for the February quarter showed investor finance for established dwellings in Queensland remained elevated.

“Investor commitments for construction of new dwellings in Queensland also remained at high levels.”

Mr Pitt said the Palaszczuk Government’s reinstatement of the successful Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative was a further sign of its commitment to jobs.

“Over the next four years it will support up to 32,000 Queensland jobseekers,” he said.

“This initiative has a proven record of job creation through a focus on developing skills to match current and future industry needs.”