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Qld set to be jobs capital

QUEENSLAND will become the jobs capital of Australia over the next five years, with a demand for about 220,000 extra workers needed.
Brisbane and Mackay will be the biggest demand centres, with a surge in construction, healthcare and social assistance, according to a federal government report. Six Queensland regions are in the top 15 job growth areas for the period up to 2017.

Mining is expected to generate an extra 100,000 jobs nationally, health care will create 240,000 jobs but manufacturing will lose about 85,000.

The Federal Government report showed that in the past 10 years high skilled occupations which needed a bachelor degree or higher had accounted for 995,300 new jobs while lower skilled jobs had accounted for about 156,000.

"This trend is likely to continue with employment for higher skilled occupations projected to grow faster than all other skill levels, increasing by 322,500 in the next five years and accounting for 38.9 per cent of the total projected employment growth," the report said.