QUEENSLAND last month experienced a rise in employment despite 10,200 job losses nation-wide, the latest figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics have shown.

The July Labour Force statistics released last week revealed Queensland led the country in job creation with employment rising by 18,400 or .8%.

Unemployment in Queensland dropped from 6.3% in June to 5.9% in July – the second largest decline behind the Northern Territory.

Treasurer Tim Nicholls said the data was welcome against the backdrop of a challenging economy, referring to the high Australian dollar, low commodity prices and the carbon tax as pressures on Queensland business.

“While the seasonally adjusted data is volatile, it is pleasing to note that despite tough economic conditions, trend employment remained stable in Queensland,” Mr Nicholls said.

“It is the tenth consecutive month in which trend employment has either increased or remained unchanged.”

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