High job­less rate for youth

Kalamunda Reporter - - News -

YOUTH un­em­ploy­ment hot spots in the east­ern sub­urbs are among the worst in WA, ac­cord­ing to a new re­port re­leased to­day.

Anti-poverty group Brother­hood of St Laurence re­vealed the five re­gions in the state with the worst un­em­ploy­ment rates fol­low­ing an anal­y­sis of Aus­tralian Bureau of Sta­tis­tics data for its re­port An un­fair Aus­tralia.

Mun­dar­ing, Guild­ford and El­len­brook were listed in the third-high­est group at 15.1 per cent, ahead of Northam with 14.5 per cent of young un­em­ployed in the Wheat­belt. The re­port showed one third of un­em­ployed peo­ple in Aus­tralia were aged 15 to 24.

Brother­hood of St Laurence’s ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Conny Len­neberg said the re­port ex­posed how lo­ca­tion shaped op­por­tu­nity for young peo­ple.

She said 55 of the na­tion’s 87 re­gions were bur­dened by youth un­em­ploy­ment rates above 11 per cent, in con­trast to the na­tional un­em­ploy­ment rate of 5.5 per cent, which in­cluded all age groups.

“In our pros­per­ous coun­try it’s very wor­ry­ing when we have more than a quar­ter of a mil­lion young peo­ple in the labour force who are un­em­ployed,” she said.

“Youth un­em­ploy­ment hot spots in outer sub­urbs and ru­ral ar­eas are car­ry­ing the heav­i­est bur­den.

“The modern economy is cre­at­ing new risks for Aus­tralia’s emerg­ing gen­er­a­tion. Dis­ad­van­taged young peo­ple in par­tic­u­lar are fac­ing bar­ri­ers in their ef­fort to se­cure work.

“To meet this chal­lenge, we need ac­tion from govern­ments as well as tap­ping into ef­forts of em­ploy­ers in lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties.

“Stub­born rates of youth un­em­ploy­ment are not just a con­cern for fam­i­lies or the wel­fare sec­tor.”

The Brother­hood re­port also iden­ti­fied ar­eas of the coun­try with the high­est youth un­em­ploy­ment.

Re­search of the re­gions showed per­sis­tent rates of higher-than-av­er­age youth un­em­ploy­ment, with 19 of the 20 hot spots with higher rates com­pared to two years ago. The na­tional youth un­em­ploy­ment rate was more than 12 per cent, ac­cord­ing to the re­port.

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