High jobless rate for youth
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.