Treasurer and Minister for Employment Curtis Pitt has welcomed a major investment from McDonald’s which will create up to 3,000 new jobs in Queensland.
Mr Pitt said the investment, which McDonald’s expects to pump around $55 million into the State economy, was another sign that business is getting behind Labor’s positive economic agenda.
“Labor is all about jobs and growth and it’s great to see major businesses like McDonald’s investing in Queensland,” he said.
“This investment will create up to 3,000 new jobs in Queensland, delivering important economic benefits for communities throughout the State.
“It’s also welcome news for the local construction industry, with new stores and infrastructure scheduled to be built in Queensland in the next 12 months.
“The Palaszczuk Government will continue to work with business and industry to generate more jobs and more growth to get our economy back where it belongs.”
Mr Pitt said recent ABS Labour Force data showed a continuing trend towards full-time jobs growth in Queensland.
“Queensland added 5,300 full-time jobs in April, marking the State’s sixth consecutive monthly gain in full-time employment,” he said.
“Since the January 2015 election, 18,700 full-time jobs have been created on a trend basis in Queensland, or 6,200 full-time jobs a month.
“This compares with the loss of 6,600 full-time jobs under the Newman LNP Government, or a loss of 194 full-time jobs a month.
“We’re getting on with the job of creating more employment opportunities through initiatives such Skilling Queenslanders for Work, which will assist 32,000 people over four years.
“Labor will continue to promote economic growth and employment opportunities for all Queenslanders.”