JobSeekers surge on the Southside

By Terri Butler MP

24 September 2020

The Coronavirus pandemic has seen the number of locals relying on unemployment payments increase from 3,947 in December 2019 to more than 9,800 in August 2020 – up by more than 5,800 people or 249 per cent.

Across the country, the number of unemployed people looking for work has doubled since the start of the pandemic.
The Southside will be hit harder than both the Queensland and national average.
Many local households and businesses are doing it extremely tough.
At the same time the Morrison Government is set to wind back JobKeeper and JobSeeker payments from late September.
Heading into the Christmas period, many people are increasingly anxious about what the future holds.
It’s too early for the Prime Minister to end support for local families, jobs and businesses. Doing so will only make the recession longer and deeper.