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23 April 2018

An unfair Australia: Mapping youth unemployment hotspots

This report from the Brotherhood of St Laurence uses ABS labour force data to identify the 20 regions with the highest youth unemployment rates in the year to January 2018. The report notes that in some regional hotspots youth unemployment rates are well above 20%. For example in one Queensland Outback region just over two-thirds of young people (67.1%) are unemployed. In these 20 hotspots above-average youth unemployment rates have tended to persist over time, with 17 areas already having youth unemployment rates above the national average in 2016, while 19 areas had higher levels in 2018 than in 2016. Overall in Australia, more than 264,000 young people aged 15 to 24 are currently unemployed; representing more than one-third (36%) of unemployed people. Youth unemployment is higher than for all other ages.