However that growth was almost entirely a recovery in female employment of 10.3% from what had previously been a very weak trend. Male employment grew at 1.7% which is basically in line with population.
As a hypothetical exercise if the participation rates had remained the same as May 2012 then the male unemployment rate over the year would actually have increased from 8.6% to 9.0%. The female unemployment rate would have fallen from 9.7% to 2.5%.
Best to avoid volatile raw regional monthly data as statistically deficient even for such year-on-year comparisons. Trend data is preferred such as by Conus, and the Government Statistician adopts a 12 month moving average which results in jobs growth of 5,100 or 3.8%. I have included 12 month moving averages on the graph.
Queensland Economy Watch has posted a regional unemployment map. Macrobusiness also has a post with a break down of sector job gains and losses in Queensland.