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Brisbane's hidden youth unemployment crisis



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P A R L IA M E N T O F A U S T R A L IA · T H E

SENATOR MICHAEL BAUME SENATOR FOR N E W SO UTH WALES

Shadow Minister for Youth Affairs

BRISBANE'S HIDDEN YOUTH UNEMPLOYMENT CRISIS

One in every three full time jobs held by Brisbane's under 20's has been wiped out over the last 12 months according to

unpublished Australian Bureau of Statistic's labour force figures for March.

Brisbane's disastrous job loss confirms that its official youth unemployment rate of 24.6% (or 1 in 4) massively understates the real level of youth unemployment which is about 33% or 1 in 3.

Brisbane's loss of youth jobs, which is exceeded only by

Melbourne's 35% fall and is far greater than Sydney's 21%, is much larger than the official rise in unemployment, indicating that thousands of jobless youth have "disappeared" from the unemployment figures.

However 4,300 of Brisbane's 13,000 full time job losers managed to get part time jobs so that there are now more young people in part time jobs (28,300) than in full time work.

Brisbane's net job losses of 8,800 brought a rise in total

unemployment of only 3,600, leaving 5,200 to "disappear".

So the real Brisbane youth unemployment rate for those seeking full time work is about 1 in 3 instead of 1 in 4 artd if part

timers are included it is about 31% not the official 24%.

Brisbane's worst areas were a 46% job loss in the inner City ring, along with 44% in the south and eastern Brisbane divisions and 31% in the north and western divisions.

In rural Queensland the north and west Moreton divisions suffered a 38% youth job loss and the south and east Moreton division a 315 loss, while the Mackay-Fitzroy-Central west division dropped by a massive 54%.

The problem of jobs disappearing affects the rest of Australia where the extent of the Hawke Government's doctoring of

unemployment figures for the under 20's is exposed by unpublished official regional labour force statistics.

These show that over the last 12 months 110,700 full time

teenage jobs had been lost in Australia, but total teenage unemployment has only gone up by 41,000, leaving almost 70,000 young people "disappearing" from the statistics. ■ ' I T iJ L ^ O v jW m L T n »

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So the real unemployment rate among under 20's looking for fdll time work in Australia is 36%, the worst ever recorded, rather than the 25% of the official figures.

The number of jobs being wiped out is a far more accurate

indicator of how hard the recession is hitting young Australians than the official unemployment statistics which, while horrific, never the less massively understate the problem.

A combination of the government's $300m a year extension of Austudy to secondary school students to get them out of dole queues and back into school and the statistical gimmick which now excludes from the definition "unemployed" anyone who works more

than one hour a week for no pay (ie on a family farm) means that there is a huge level of hidden unemployment, the size of which is indicated by the massive job loss statistics.

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Contact Senator Michael Baume Ph 042 26 5298 or

02 909 3136 5 May 1991

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Attachment B

Under 20's unemployment rate (looking for full time work) Under 20's full time jobs lost

Real Rate (a)

Official Rate (b) March '90 - April '91 (b)

Melbourne 45.0% 27.1% 35.0%

Hobart 42.0% 31.0 33.0%

Perth 40.0% 26.6% 31.0%

Adelaide 35.0% 26.2% 23.0%

Brisbane 33.0% 24.6% 33.0%

Sydney 29.0% 18.1% 21.0%

AUSTRALIA 35.6% 25.2% 25.7%

(a) Calculated after adding back job losers who did not become listed as unemployed and disappeared from the ABS Labour Force Estimates

(b) ABS Labour Forces Estimates