One in three young people looking for work or more work

Thursday, 15 October 2020

BRENDAN O’CONNOR MP
SHADOW MINISTER FOR EMPLOYMENT AND INDUSTRY
SHADOW MINISTER FOR SCIENCE
SHADOW MINISTER FOR SMALL AND FAMILY BUSINESS
MEMBER FOR GORTON

AMANDA RISHWORTH MP
SHADOW MINISTER FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION AND DEVELOPMENT
SHADOW MINISTER FOR YOUTH
MEMBER FOR KINGSTON

Today’s September ABS Labour Force Figures show the youth unemployment rate is now at 14.5 per cent, with 302,900 young people without work.

Underutilisation is now up to 33.7 per cent – meaning one in three young Australians are looking for work or more work.

Young people have been disproportionately hit by the COVID pandemic – suffering from high unemployment, social isolation, depleted retirement savings, interruptions to education and training, and severe mental health impacts.

Our young people are expected to suffer short and long term consequences, and will be left with less earning potential, fewer job opportunities, less housing security, and less retirement savings.

Young people need more than just marketing slogans and short term measures from the Morrison Government.

They need a holistic plan to get them through the crisis and into long-term, secure careers.

The Government must urgently develop a COVID-19 Youth Recovery Strategy, that is co-designed with young people and outlines clear short, medium and long term goals.

Unfortunately Scott Morrison has failed to deliver a jobs plan for Australians, and has failed to deliver a plan for young people.

Scott Morrison must ensure young Australians are not left out and left behind in this recession.

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