SUNSHINE Coast unemployment figures have fallen below that of the national average but Maroochydore Chamber of Commerce predicts employment opportunities will continue to increase as a result of the major regional infrastructure projects currently under way.
President Troy Deighton said the Coast's unemployment figure of 4.8% was welcome news for the local economy and the Chamber was working hard to encourage more job growth in the region.
"It's one of the reasons why the Chamber is supporting Sunshine Coast Council's Job Show initiative which will be held on October 19,” Mr Deighton said.
"The opportunity to bring together hundreds of diverse job opportunities from across the region into the one location on the one day is a magnificent opportunity for job seekers of all ages.”
After connecting 170 local people to new jobs last year, and over 100 local businesses to employees, the Job Show is aiming to help even more local people find their new job in 2016.
Job Show director Kris McCue said the Job Show was more than just a talkfest.
"One again we will have real jobs on offer with the opportunity for job seekers and employees to meet face to face and begin the dialogue towards filling these roles.
"There will also be workshops as well as the opportunity to pitch business ideas and support business start ups. We will even have people there to provide assistance with resumes so it's a great opportunity to ensure you are 'job ready'.”
Mr McCue said he expected there would be a significant number of jobs in the health sector on offer as a result of the opening of the multi-billion dollar Kawana medical precinct next year as well as an increase in retail and hospitality in the lead up into Christmas.
"The Sunshine Coast's economy will become a lot more diverse when the new hospital opens in the middle of next year, healthcare will become the region's major employer so people need to be ready to take these new opportunities.
"There will also be around 2300 new retail positions open up when the new David Jones and an additional 100 retail outlets open at Sunshine Plaza in 2018.
"It's a great time to be looking for work on the Sunshine Coast and we are pleased to be able to facilitate this process through event like the Job Show,” Mr McCue said.
To find out more visit www.thejobshow.com.au
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