Youth unemployment in Australia

Over 25% of those aged 17 – 24 in Australia are not in full-time work or full-time study, according to a Council of Australian Governments (COAG) report.

In South Australia, Queensland and Tasmania, that figure was closer to 33%. Among young people from disadvantaged backgrounds, the figure was -staggeringly – over 40%.

The number of young people in full-time work or employment has decreased 1.2% since COAG last looked at the issue over 7 years ago, in 2006.

The 2006 figures showed 26.1% of young people in that age bracket were not in full-time work or education. Now a total of 27.3% of Australia’s young people fit into this category. As a result, this puts them at a greater risk of an insecure future.

A rise in young people in full-time education provided some glimmer of hope – but did not arrest the falling labour force participation.  The proportion of 17 to 24 year olds engaged in full-time study went up from 28.6% in 2006 to 32% in 2011.

Young unemployment is regularly higher than Australia’s overall unemployment rate, and according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics figures, 25.5% of young people are unemployed.

Total unemployment in Australia is currently 5.7%.

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