Source = e-Travel Blackboard: S.P Employment in the Far North has reached a 12-month high which is largely contributed to an increase in tourism to the region. Property advisors Herron Todd White CairnsWatch reports 136,200 people are currently employed in the Far North, the best figure since June last year.Herron Todd White research director Rick Carr said the healthy employment rate was contributed to a strong tourism season. “Employment in the Far North appears to have rebound from the trough experienced after cyclone Yasi, a trend which is expected to continue as the recovery nears completion,” Mr Carr said. “The region’s unemployment rate fell to 8.6 per cent in June,” Mr Carr said. Further to this Mr Carr said demand in the mining, tourism and construction industries had contributed to a further increase in the number of employment opportunities. “The trend average for June 2011 stood at 315 job vacancies advertised per week, up 17 per cent since December 2010.” Mr Carr said it was clear that tourism was the main reason employment figures had bounced back and the challenge they are facing lies with getting locals to feel confident in spending again. “The town looks a bit more vibrant, if you go to the Esplanade the restaurants are full.” He said the hotel occupancy rate in the Far North has been full for the past four weeks and the next month looks to be the same. CBC Staff Selection recruitment consultant Chris Cunsamy said the Cairns market remains afloat.“More businesses still prefer temporary contract workers with a slight increase in permanent workers in this quarter, which shows a slow increase in market confidence,” Mr Cunsamy said.