JOB SCHEME MAY BREAK SAD CYCLE
A STUDY by community organisation yourtown shows the national rate of young people in long-term unemployment is at an all-time high. And these young people are among the most disadvantaged in the labour market. The study found the long-term jobless rate was highest for young people aged 15 to 24 at 28 per cent. This has continued to increase since 2002. Australian Bureau of Statistics figures showed more than 50,000 young people aged 15 to 24 in long-term unemployment last year. There needs to be better strategies to help these young people break the cycle of unemployment and more ways to help them get skills and experience. yourtown, an organisation which started out as Boys Town to help underprivileged young people, has launched an employment program in 12 of Australia’s most disadvantaged areas. If it works, let us hope it is rolled out nationally.
Rick Lee - regional editor