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Australia's youth unemployment hotspots: snapshot

Policy Online carries a link (16.3.16) to a Brotherhood of St Laurence report on the regions in Australia with the highest incidence of youth unemployment.

'The report card on youth unemployment in Australia is mixed: there has been improvement in the overall rate but this also masks the reality that clusters of high youth unemployment persist – stubbornly and unevenly – across the nation.

'The malaise of unemployment persists in many rural and regional locations. Two years after the Brotherhood of St Laurence first identified ‘hotspots’ from Australian Bureau of Statistics labour force survey data, a new analysis identifies four regional areas where youth unemployment rates cluster above 20 per cent. For the worst performer – in the outback of Queensland, including the mining hub of Mount Isa – the rate reached 28 per cent.'


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