Extract from an article by Emma Schafer, South-West News
YOUNG people in Brisbane’s western corridor are battling a jobs crisis that has left thousands unemployed in the past year.
In March, the youth unemployment rate soared to 15.7 per cent for the region, up 8.2 per cent in the past 12 months.
That was the equivalent of 3600 fewer young people (15-24 years) with work, and represented the highest unemployment rate for the region in 17 years.
It was the second highest increase in the state, behind only Outback Queensland.
State LNP MP for Mt Ommaney, Tarnya Smith said she had received calls from parents frustrated with the lack of opportunity for their children.
“It’s a big call for a member of the public to ring their local member on an issue like this, just to ask ‘What can we do?’,” she said.
“The youth unemployment rate would be even higher if not for the huge number of young people across our community who have simply given up looking for work because they’ve lost hope.”
Jamboree Heights nursing graduate Christine Cornwall, 24, was working at fashion retailer Cotton On, and hoped to be accepted into a nursing role midyear.
“Graduate (nursing) positions are really difficult to get in the first place,” she said.
“There’s so many numbers of people graduating, but only a limited number of jobs going around.”
SOURCE: Schafer, Emma. “Youth Unemployment at 17 year High.” South-West News, 19 May 2017.
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