Youth unemployment continues to skyrocket

Thursday, 14 November 2019

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 labour force figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics show the youth unemployment rate at 12.4 per cent (seasonally adjusted), up 1.1 percentage points from this time last year.

There are now over 275,500 unemployed young Australians.

In Queensland the youth unemployment rate has now reached as high as 15 per cent and in Western Australia it is 14 per cent.

This third term Government has failed to take any meaningful action to get young people prepared and into work, and today’s figures show young people are paying the price.

Both the Minister for Employment and the Minister for Youth have conceded youth unemployment is a problem, but we are still waiting on any strategy to address the issue.

Their half-hearted attempt to get young people into work is their signature PaTH internship program, which has completely failed in terms of take up and outcomes.

The program has fallen well short of its 30,000 internship target, with only 8,234 young people commencing internships in the first almost two years of the program. Of that, only 30 per cent have been offered a job at the end.

Even on the numbers alone, the failed PaTH program is not making a dent in addressing the persistently high youth unemployment rate.

This Government cannot sit idly by while the youth unemployment rate continues to skyrocket. Young Australians need and deserve a Government that takes real action on helping them find work.

Every young person should have the opportunity to reach their potential and succeed in life. Unfortunately too many young Australians are doing it tough and the Morrison Government continues to let them down.

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