Ipswich is top place to find jobs
IPSWICH is among the top five cities in Australia for finding a job, a new report says.
The number of jobs in Ipswich has grown 10 per cent in the past 18 months and the city now leads Queensland for job creation, according to Bankwest's Employment Growth Corridors Report.
Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale said he was not surprised by the outstanding growth figures.
“Years of hard work by many people are paying off with 7100 new jobs in the reported period,” Cr Pisasale said.
“I've been telling everyone wherever I go that Ipswich is where you want to be if you need a job.
“This is great news for the city because we were an area with unemployment, but it's turned around.”
The area of Perth East Metro lead the nation with employment growth of 13 per cent, while New South Wales also performed well with Lower Northern Sydney also recording a 13 per cent rise.
Cr Pisasale said Ipswich's housing boom had generated hundreds of jobs in areas like Flinder's View, Brassall and Booval, while major construction projects also fuelled growth in skilled tradesmen jobs.
“Having a job is one the best things you can provide for someone because being unemployed is more than not having a wage - it's a social issue which can affect people greatly,” Cr Pisasale said.
Amberley's Royal Australian Air Force base has also increased its staff significantly while big retail developments like Home HQ in West Ipswich have provided hundreds of casual and part-time jobs.
One of the newest businesses at Home HQ is Casual Coffee, which opened just four months ago but has already employed six staff and will hire another two staff members in the coming weeks.
Co-owner Glenn Howard said he opened his small business in Ipswich because of the area's swelling housing development.
“We knew this area would grow quickly and so far our business has been excellent,” Mr Howard said.
“I imagine things will keep improving because there are a couple more spots in the centre to fill.”
The Bankwest report identified six industries which had recorded at least five per cent employment growth since the start of the global financial crisis 18 months ago - utilities, public administration, transport, healthcare, wholesale trade and mining.