Young Australians facing an uncertain future

Thursday, 19 March 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 February labour force figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics show there are already far too many young Australians without work, and unfortunately these numbers are likely to grow.

Today’s figures show the youth unemployment rate has increased to 12.2 per cent, which means there are now 272,500 unemployed young Australians (seasonally adjusted).

In addition there are 409,300 underemployed young people, who want and need more work but cannot find it (seasonally adjusted).

As we face this period of economic uncertainty, Labor is deeply concerned about the potential devastating impact on our young people.

Australians face difficult times ahead in terms of unemployment and underemployment due to COVID-19, and we know those engaged in casual and insecure work are at particular risk.

For those young Australians lucky enough to have a job, many are employed on a casual and insecure basis and are now facing an uncertain future.

Federal Labor will work constructively with the government to ensure Australians have the best possible response to the health crisis we are facing.

We urge the Morrison Government to act swiftly and provide support to vulnerable casual workers, including our young people.

Labor’s priority will always be to protect jobs, help Australian workers, businesses, families and communities through this difficult time, and ensure vulnerable Australians are supported.

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