Far North all worked up as region sets five-year jobs high
THE Far North has hit a five-year workforce high, with 145,200 people in employment as a result of a bumper tourism season and a resurgent construction industry.
Nearly 5000 people more were hired last month compared with November and that figure was 8800 more than in December 2011.
Analysts say a vibrant tourism season, the new direct flights from China and more construction activity are behind the jump.
It follows a hearty November, when 2200 people left the dole queue and found work after 60,000 people flocked to the region for the solar eclipse.
Herron Todd White research director Rick Carr said the region's employment rose by 4900 in December to 145,200, the highest since the Australian Bureau of Statistics began breaking down regional labour figures in 2007.
Included in the figures is Larissa Stremouchiw who has worked at the Salt House for the past month.
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Hard at work: Larissa Stremouchiw working at the Salt House. Picture: TOM LEE