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QUEENSLAND’S job market has flatlined and done nothing more than track broadly sideways for the best part of three years, according to the ANZ job ads series.

Queensland’s job market plunged after the global financial crisis and has yet to show any recovery despite the mining boom and its impact on engineering and construction.

Since 2009, Queensland employers have placed about 1000 advertisements a week looking for staff, well below the 3000 that were placed before the US sub-prime mortgage market imploded and sent shockwaves around the world.

An overall fall in the national job ads for June was led by Victoria and the two mining states, Queensland and Western Australia, which ANZ said was in stark contrast to the overall robust market in WA.

“It may reflect the fact that the booming mining sector has a greater tendency to use other media channels to recruit staff, including advertising overseas and in one instance, seeking many thousands of mining workers in a single advertisement,” the bank said. 

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