FACES OF JOBS MISERY
Townsville locals desperate for work speak out
THE unemployment crisis in Townsville has a human face and it is taking its toll on increasingly desperate residents.
More than one in every 10 people in the Townsville region are without work and Danielle Martin is among them.
Being rejected by businesses is a daily occurrence for the single mother of two. The 23- year- old has applied for about 800 jobs in the past year but said she usually did not even hear back from employers.
THE jobs crisis in Townsville has a human face and it is taking its toll on increasingly desperate residents.
More than one in every 10 people in the Townsville region are unemployed and Danielle Martin is among them. Being rejected by businesses is a daily occurrence for the single mother of two.
The 23- year- old has applied for about 800 jobs in the past year but usually does not hear back from employers.
“I’ve applied for more than 20 jobs a fortnight,” Ms Martin said. “Day to day I check emails and face rejection after rejection.”
The process takes an emotional toll on her.
“It’s heartbreaking to see that no one wants you to work for them,” she said.
It’s a situation that has struck many Townsville jobseekers, as revealed by the Bulletin being flooded with responses after asking readers to tell of their difficulties finding work in the city.
Ms Martin said she had applied for every job she’s seen advertised. “I even tried McDonald’s,” she said.
“I applied at every single McDonald’s in Townsville but was rejected by them all.”
She completed Year 12 and is studying toward a Certificate III, Individual Support ( Disability). But her efforts to find work have been hampered by a lack of experience.
“The only experience I have is as a parent and a cleaner,” she said. “No one will look at me.
“Most days I want to give up but I want a job. And no one wants to give me the opportunity to try to show them that I can do the job.”
Ms Martin described the jobs market as dismal.
“It’s very hard in Townsville and there aren’t that many jobs,” she said. “Many employers want people to have at least six months of experience and won’t look at anyone who doesn’t have that.”
She said governments should provide incentives for employers to train people with no experience.
The Queensland Govern- ment in December implemented its Youth Boost program, which provides financial incentives for employers to hire young jobseekers. Ms Martin said the program should be available for all jobseekers.
She receives payments of about $ 1100 fortnightly from Centrelink as part of the parenting payment and is not required to seek work. She has volunteered at a job agency.
Like so many Townsville jobseekers, she wants work so she can better provide for her family. “I don’t want to be stuck on the pension my whole life,” she said.
The Townsville jobless rate has remained about 10 per cent or above for the past 12 months, following the collapse of Queensland Nickel.
Contact Ms Martin at email@example.com with any job offers.
DESPERATE: Danielle Martin of Condon has had no luck looking for work.
HARD ROAD: Danielle Martin applied for more than 20 jobs a fortnight.