It’s jobs, jobs and more jobs on Coast

THE State Government says new ABS data show the Sunshine Coast is Queensland's jobs capital.

Kawana MP Jarrod Bleijie said more jobs were created on the Sunshine Coast in the last year than any other region.

He said that in February, more than 30,000 jobs were created in Queensland, more than double the next-best performing state (NSW) (seasonally adjusted), with Sunshine Coast the standout region in Queensland.

"Sunshine Coast employment growth in the year to February 2014 is significant. It's more than eight times greater than the state-wide average," Mr Bleijie said.

"There are 11,300 more people in work in the region than 12 months ago."

Mr Bleijie said the Sunshine Coast's manufacturing and export reach was impressive with local businesses competing with major national and international rivals on large tenders.

"I've visited several Coast businesses in recent weeks and I'm impressed by their success in securing major contracts with clients across Australia and overseas," he said.

"The Newman Government's $1.8 billion investment in the fact-tracked Sunshine Coast Public University Hospital is driving even greater confidence in our region."

Mr Bleijie said the hospital was a catalyst for local commercial and residential development.

"The facility will require a workforce in excess of 3500 when it opens at the end of 2016, increasing to around 6000 staff when services ramp up by 2021,'' he said.

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