Scenic Rim jobs growth not as impressive as advertised

MISTAKE: Scenic Rim jobs grew by 738 in 2017-2018, not the 900 previously stated.
MISTAKE: Scenic Rim jobs grew by 738 in 2017-2018, not the 900 previously stated.

COUNCIL has announced an error in the jobs growth data after Scenic Mayor Greg Christensen said the region had added 900 jobs in a single year.

The year in question was 2017-2018 and the figures have now been revised to show that the actual number of new jobs for that year was 738.

A council spokesperson said the jobs growth figures council was provided with for its operational decision making are accessed via, and published on, the economy.id site, which takes its data from the National Economics modelled series.

"For more than the past twelve months, these figures showed jobs growth in the Scenic Rim between 2016-17 and 2017-18 of 902 jobs (from 14,351 to 15,253), and was the most accurate information available from reliable sources at that time," the spokesperson said.

"However, this data is adjusted from time-to-time using updated sources as they become available.

"It was only in late January that the numbers were revised using Queensland growth figures for all regions, which has impacted employment figures for the Scenic Rim and for other regions.

"This revision shows that jobs during the period actually grew from 14,198 to 14,936, or by a total of 738 jobs."

The spokesperson said even with the adjusted figures Scenic Rim Regional Council area achieved growth of more than five per cent between 2017 and 2018 and more than 4 per cent between 2018 and 2019.

"The most recent figure has also occurred despite the crippling effects of the ongoing drought on one of the region's two largest industries, agriculture," he said.

"The site has also been updated with the latest (2018-19) figures, which show that in the last 12 months, the economy grew by a further 600 jobs, to 15,536."

Revised figures for jobs growth over the last decade:

  • 2010 to 2011 down 107 jobs
  • 2011 to 2012 down 160 jobs
  • 2012 to 2013 down 148 jobs
  • 2013 to 2014 + 90 jobs
  • 2014 to 2015 down 63 jobs
  • 2015 to 2016 + 314 jobs influenced by SCT construction
  • 2016 to 2017 down 23 jobs
  • 2017 to 2018 + 738 jobs
  • 2018 to 2019 + 600 jobs