How many jobs does the coal seam gas industry create?
The Queensland coal seam gas industry now employs about 40,000 people (including contractors and construction workers). The growth of Queensland’s onshore gas industry has revitalised many regional centres, including Gladstone, Toowoomba and the towns of the Western Downs. The industry is providing skilled jobs for young people who would previously have had to leave the district to develop their careers. It is also creating jobs in retail and support services. In the September 2013 quarter, the Darling Downs-South West region had an unemployment rate of just 3.2% compared with the Queensland average of 5.7%. (see Department of Employment webpage)