Welcome to the first Youth Unemployment Monitor for 2019.
Our latest report maps ‘hotspots’, and confirms the burden for Australia’s quarter of a million young unemployed is far from uniform. Place matters: youth unemployment particularly sticks in regional areas and outer suburbs of our cities. We remain deeply concerned at how 15 to 24 year olds without qualifications and skills or family networks are tracking. It’s devastating that despite 28 years of continuous economic growth, many young Australians are locked out of the prosperity dividend. As we head into a federal election year, I urge our policymakers to give Australia’s young people a fair go, including advancing solutions for the challenges they face in navigating the complex world of work in the 21st century.
Executive Director, Brotherhood of St Laurence
NEW: Mapping Australia’s worst youth unemployment hotspots
Youth unemployment, at more than 11 per cent nationally, is mired at levels similar to the early 2000s. And some regions, as well as outer suburbs, are doing it harder.The Brotherhood of St Laurence probes ABS data to list the 20 areas with the highest youth unemployment rates in Australia. Our latest analysis of hotspots gives a reality check to what often passes for public debate about Australia’s young people. The prosperity dividend from 28 years of continuous economic growth remains deeply uneven.The five worst youth unemployment hotspots – all outside the capital cities – have youth unemployment exceeding 18 per cent. In the Queensland outback region, including Cape York and Mt Isa, a quarter of 15 to 24 year olds in the regional labour force remain unemployed.
JAYDA’S JOB SEARCH
Living in a regional town makes job hunting extra hard for 16-year-old school leaver Jayda. In an effort to land a full-time job in regional Queensland, she connected with a youth-focused job agency. This enabled her to improve her resume and guided her into a medical receptionist course. She’s also found part-time hours in a bakery. She’s more hopeful and skilled in her job search now. Not all Australia’s young job hunters are directed to a youth service like Transition To Work, as Jayda was. Australia’s response to youth job support is fragmented. In the modern economy, the case for a specialist youth employment service which all can access is compelling.
“I know opportunities for education and employment are absolutely critical for successful settlement.”
— Elijah Buol, 2019 Queensland Local Hero
I was 16 when I came to this country in what is known in the legal jargon as an “unaccompanied minor”. What these words really mean is that I lost my parents in the Sudan War: my mum when I was six years old and my dad when I was aged 11. I had to face life in Australia alone, and that was a struggle. But I was also well supported in the community as I knew to ask for help when I most needed it. All teenagers face challenges as they make the transition to adulthood, and this is especially so for young people of refugee backgrounds. The practical challenges refugee youth face include accessing appropriate services. From my own experiences, I know opportunities for education and employment are absolutely critical for successful settlement. One of the drivers of belonging to a community is to allow people to have jobs to sustain themselves. I believe the employment rate for young Australians from refugee backgrounds is something governments and policymakers need to pay far more attention to.
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- Diversity – The Multicultural Youth Australia Census, the first national study of young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds, finds a strong desire to belong, amid some challenges.
- Prophecies – Choosing a career? These jobs won’t go out of style / Lisa Denny, The Conversation, 20 February 2019 — Dire claims that 40 per cent of jobs in Australia won’t exist in the future are unhelpful for young Australians.
- UN stocktake – Globally, young people are being left behind in education and employment, jeopardising the vision of sustainable, inclusive and prosperous societies, says the World Youth Report : Youth and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
IN The NEWS*:
- Will the Government’s jobs promises be enough to win back young voters in NSW? / SBS — … the benefits of almost three decades of economic growth in Australia, according to a recent analysis of jobs data by the Brotherhood of St Laurence.
- Readers react to youth unemployment story as job figures show hardest areas in Perth to get work / The West Australian — The 18-year-old’s comments came on the back of new figures released by anti-poverty group the Brotherhood of St Laurence, which show WA has the …
- Brotherhood of St Laurence sheds light on Tasmania’s youth unemployment hot spots / The Mercury — The Brotherhood of St Laurence report into youth unemployment hot spots says the Tasmanian region with the highest youth unemployment in the … [BSL STAFF – please contact the LIBRARY if you would like full text access to this article]
- Aust youth struggle to find work: report / SBS — Youth unemployment high across regional Australia, more than twice of the country’s overall unemployment rate
- Outback Queensland is the worst place for young people wanting a job / ABC News — Analysis of official data by the Brotherhood of St Laurence shows a youth jobless rate of 25.7 per cent in Cape York, Weipa, Mount Isa and Longreach, …
- Coffs Harbour-Grafton labelled youth unemployment hotspot / Daily Examiner [BSL STAFF – please contact the LIBRARY if you would like full text access to this article]
- ‘Lack of access’ causing spike in local youth unemployment /Bay 93.9
- Wide Bay a youth unemployment hotspot; among nation’s worst / News Mail [BSL STAFF – please contact the LIBRARY if you would like full text access to this article]
- Regional Vic unemployed youth hotspot / The Australian — Regional Victorian youth have the state’s highest rate of unemployment, a new Brotherhood of St Laurence report reveals. The Bendigo region …
- The hotspots where young people can’t find work and the rise of ‘survival jobs’ – The New Daily
- Regional Vic youth left jobless: report – Daily Mail
- This is why I cannot find work, job desperation for WA’s young people / The West Australian — The report, from the anti-poverty group the Brotherhood of St Laurence, shows WA has the second-highest youth unemployment rate in Australia, …
- Australia’s jobs crisis: Caryn, 62, and 18-year-old millennial Chloe have applied for nearly 800 jobs … / Daily Mail
- Young people struggling to find work as Hobart revealed as worst capital city for youth unemployment / ABC News — Ms Sims is one of many young people struggling to find work, with a report from the Brotherhood of St Laurence revealing Tasmania has some of the …
- The 20 worst places to be a young person looking for a job / Yahoo Finance*Links active @5 March 2019
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