Queensland Resources Council data shows the resources industry contributed more than 53,000 jobs in Gladstone in 2011-12.
Queensland Resources Council data shows the resources industry contributed more than 53,000 jobs in Gladstone in 2011-12. Contributed

Resources industry creates 53,000 jobs in the region

THE resources industry claims to have contributed 53,121 full-time equivalent jobs in and around the Gladstone region in 2011-12, new figures show.

Figures from the Queensland Resources Council's statewide spending data for 2011-12, released on Thursday, show the total economic contribution in Gladstone from the resources sector over that period amounted to about $8.11 billion in gross regional product.

In 2011/12, the resources sector in the Gladstone local government area contributed at least $432 million in wages to 3456 direct full-time employees (not including contractors), and $3.63b in voluntary community contributions and purchases of goods and services from employing local businesses (including contractors).

As far as indirect economic contribution goes, $4.062b in direct gross regional product generated additional economic activity through local businesses along the supply chain, and direct workers and workers along the supply chain spent their wages on locally produced goods and services.

This equated to about $4.054b in additional gross regional product and 49,665 jobs being generated in and around Gladstone.

QRC chief executive Michael Roche said that by using postcode-aggregated spending data supplied by its largest member companies, the minerals and energy sector was calculated to have spent $28 billion directly on goods and services from Queensland suppliers, and $8 billion in wages to 64,300 direct workers who resided in Queensland.

"This economic contribution by the resources sector is an extraordinary outcome for Queenslanders when you consider the sector's physical footprint covers just 0.09% of the state's land mass," Mr Roche sad.



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