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Lots of finger pointing when it comes to finding a job

WHY is it so hard to get a job on the Coast?

The Daily took to Facebook to ask why our "likers" felt jobs were so hard to come by in the region and how the community could help those desperate for work.

Feedback we have received suggests there is a shortage of administrative, professional, service and tradesman roles, causing many families to struggle.

While many were sympathetic to those desperate to find work, others felt jobseekers needed to be more realistic and do their research.

Shanah Stewart, who has an employment industry background, says she has come across many people who have failed to do their research on the job market before moving to the Coast.

"They can't afford to live here as they can't find employment and then end up moving back down south after trying to find work here for a year or more," she said.

She also noted employers were no longer hiring as many full-time staff, preferring casual and short-term roles, and also favouring "experienced workers" over someone willing to learn.

Graham Collins felt wage expectations were too high on the Coast and it was crippling economic growth.

"Domestic economic growth is being stifled by high prices caused by wage rates being too high and penalty rates that the rest of the world abandoned decades ago," he said.

"Frankly, we expect to be paid too much. At the same time export sales are crippled by an absurdly high exchange rate. Put the two together and you have a formula for high unemployment."

Tabbetha Senior felt employers had standards that were "beyond ridiculous" for jobseekers.

"Gone are the days where you are given a go," she said.

"Unless you have years of experience, x, y, z qualifications and experience in all varieties of workplace software, they don't want to know you. They are too picky."

Some also suggested quashed proposals for amusement parks and additional entertainment precincts had stalled employment opportunities on the Coast.

Alana Curnow said she felt the Coast had shot itself in the foot with its reluctance to embrace new projects and in turn had "scared investors off".

What do you think the solution is to employment issues on the Coast?