Youth unemployment more than double the national average

Thursday, 23 January 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

 

The December labour force figures released today show the youth unemployment rate remains at 11.5 per cent (seasonally adjusted), more than double the national average of 5.1 per cent.

The youth unemployment rate is now as high as 14.3 per cent in both West Australia and South Australia, 13.7 per cent in Tasmania, and 12.2 per cent in Queensland (original data).

There are now over 256,000 young Australians looking for a job (seasonally adjusted).

This third term Government has continued to let young Australians down. In the face of persistently high youth unemployment figures, the Morrison Government has offered no meaningful plan to address the issue.

The Government’s 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.

There are far too many young Australians without a job, and it is incumbent on the Morrison Government to do more to get our young people trained, educated and into work.

Every young person should have the opportunity to reach their potential and succeed in life.

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