Blaming young unemployed people for their predicament is simply not supported by the facts.
Youth unemployment – persistently high in the long wake of the Global Financial Crisis stifling the progress of too many young Australians as they attempt to make their transition to independent adulthood. 50,500 Australians aged 15 to 24 have spent a year or more hunting for an elusive job in a labour market.
Amid a spate of recent headlines heralding that overall unemployment is falling, the situation for Australia’s young people is considerably more fragile: 267,000 aged 15 to 24 are unemployed. The youth unemployment rate in October 2017 sat at 12.4 per cent (trend rate)1. This is still more than double the overall unemployment rate of 5.5 per cent, although below this century’s peak of almost 14 per cent youth unemployment in 2014.
The Brotherhood of St Laurence has fact-checked the proposition promulgated in some quarters that higher unemployment rates for young people could in part be due to their being less active in looking for work. Our analysis showed, however, that unemployed youth have consistently undertaken just as wide a range of job search activities as unemployed people aged 25 and over.
SOURCE: “Reality Bites: Australia’s Youth Unemployment in a Millennial Era”, Brotherhood of St Laurence, December 2017.
Produced by the librarians at the Brotherhood of St Laurence in Melbourne, Australia