Young Australians hit hard by current jobs crisis

Wednesday, 22 April 2020

This week’s Weekly Payroll Jobs and Wages in Australia release by the ABS shows young Australians are bearing of the brunt of the current jobs crisis.

The new figures found that between 14 March and 4 April alone, jobs worked by people aged under 20 decreased by 9.9 per cent, compared to a total jobs decrease of 6 per cent.

These are the figures reflect the early economic impact of COVID-19 on young people, and unfortunately the numbers are only expected to worsen.

Australians are facing incredibly difficult and uncertain times in terms of unemployment, and we know those engaged in casual and insecure work have been hit particularly hard.

For the around 1 million young Australians who were employed casually before this crisis, many will have been employed for less than a year and therefore are ineligible for Jobkeeper. These young people now find themselves unemployed and with no ongoing connection to their workplace, making it harder to bounce back on the other side.

Many of the job losses experienced by young people, and the many more that will come in coming months, could have been prevented if the Treasurer used his powers to include more workers in the Jobkeeper program.

Labor urges the Morrison Government to extend the Jobkeeper wage subsidy to include more casual workers, and ensure our young people are adequately supported during this crisis.

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