Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - OPINION -

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

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