Tassie job­less rate worry

Un­em­ployed youth in na­tion’s top five

The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - NEWS - BEN WATER­WORTH

FIG­URES re­leased last week show the Der­went Val­ley and Cen­tral High­lands are ranked in the top five for youth un­em­ploy­ment in Aus­tralia.

The fig­ures re­leased by the anti-poverty or­gan­i­sa­tion Broth­er­hood of St Lau­rence show both mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties rank along­side Bruny Is­land in the South-East re­gion of Tas­ma­nia as the fifth high­est per cent of un­em­ploy­ment for those aged be­tween 15 to 24. At 19.6 per cent, this is well above the na­tional youth un­em­ploy- ment rate of 12 per cent.

South-East Tas­ma­nia ranks only be­hind Out­back Queens­land (28.4 per cent), the Hunter Val­ley in NSW (21.8 per cent), the Wide Bay re­gion in Queens­land (20.6 per cent) and Cairns (20.5 per cent).

South-East Tas­ma­nia was ranked as the high­est rate of youth un­em­ploy­ment in the state, with Launce­s­ton and the North-East (16.9 per cent) the only other Tas­ma­nian area to make the na­tional top 20.

The fig­ures re­leased by the Broth­er­hood an­a­lysed data by the Aus­tralian Bureau of Sta­tis­tics for youth un­em­ploy­ment over the year to Jan­uary 2016.

The re­port also said that young peo­ple con­tinue to be at a higher risk of un­em­ploy­ment than other age groups, with the na­tional rate of 12.2 per cent for 15-24 year olds more than dou­ble the rate for adults over 25 (4.6 per cent).

Der­went Val­ley Mayor Mar­tyn Evans said the fig­ures were a big con­cern for the area.

“It’s not a good thing for the re­gion,” he said.

“You want to give our young peo­ple op­por­tu­ni­ties. Cre­at­ing education pro­vi­sions are fan­tas­tic, but you need the op­por­tu­ni­ties for em­ploy­ment in your lo­cal re­gion or within com­mut­ing dis­tance through pub­lic trans­port.

Coun­cil­lor Evans said he would be dis­cussing the fig­ures with his coun­cil­lors as well as rais­ing the is­sue with the State Govern­ment.

“You look at the East-Coast that just had a stim­u­lus in tourism to cre­ate em­ploy­ment and in­crease the tourism sec­tor.

“I think gov­ern­ments need to work in part­ner­ship with lo­cal govern­ment on ar­eas that do need the injection of in­fra­struc­ture.”

Broth­er­hood Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Tony Ni­chol­son said young peo­ple in Aus­tralia de­served a bet­ter deal when it came to em­ploy­ment.

“It’s deeply con­cern­ing that some 258,000 young peo­ple in the labour mar­ket are un­able to find work,” he said.

“We find some re­gions bear­ing a much heav­ier bur­den than oth­ers. Our glob­alised econ­omy makes it hard for young peo­ple to find en­try level jobs, and this puts them at risk of be­ing locked out of sta­ble em­ploy­ment long term.

“This gen­er­a­tional is­sue needs sus­tained at­ten­tion on all fronts: schools, vo­ca­tional train­ing and univer­si­ties as well as wel­fare as­sis­tance and em­ploy­ment pro­grams.”

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