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Qld unemployment drops to 5.8 per cent

AAP logoAAP 17/11/2016 Jamie McKinnell

Queensland's unemployment rate has dropped to 5.8 per cent, the latest jobs figures say.

The state's seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate for October fell from 6.2 per cent the previous month.

The trend unemployment rate, cited by Deputy Premier Jackie Trad as "more important", fell from 6.1 per cent to 6.0 per cent.

"We know that there are fluctuations from month to month in terms of the unemployment figures," Ms Trad said.

"We are focused on the trend unemployment rate and we are also ensuring that we pay close attention to regional Queenslanders and the unemployment rate in regional Queensland."

Ms Trad said there was plenty of economic activity in southeast Queensland, but the government wanted to make sure it was spread right across the state so that job opportunities were not geographically-restricted.

The figures also show fewer people are looking for work in most states.

Queensland's seasonally-adjusted participation rate for October fell sharply from 64.1 per cent to 63.3 per cent.

Ms Trad admitted the participation rate had always been an issue, but cited programs such as the government's Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative among things that could drive an improvement.

"We know that participation is a problem." Ms Trad said.

"That's why we're spending money on dedicated projects to get young people and long-term unemployed people back to work."

Shadow treasurer Scott Emerson said the numbers also showed Queensland was leading the country when it came to job losses and drop-outs.

He said 67,600 people had lost their jobs since the beginning of the year and another 89,800 had given up the search for work.

"We are the worst in Australia on both of these measures," he said.

"Anyone who sees today's result as good news clearly doesn't understand how tough it is to find a job in Queensland."

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