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Young Australians missing out on full time work



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Senator Natasha Stott Despoja Australian Democrats Spokesperson on Employment, Training and Young Australians

11 January, 1996 ______________ MEDIA RELEASE 96/18

Y O U N G A U STR A LIA N S M ISSING O U T ON FULL TIM E W O R K

Young Australians seeking full-time work are Increasingly being forced to pick up only temporary, casual and part-time Jobs which Is continuing to result in youth poverty, according to the Australian Democrats.

Today's unemployment statistics show that young Australians not studying full-time are three times as likely as adults to be unemployed, and, even If they are employed, are almost twice as likely as adults to be forced to take up part-time or casual employment.

Democrats' Employment and Youth spokesperson Senator Natasha Stott Despoja said the A8S figures showed a drop In the total youth unemployment rate.

"However, the unemployment rate among young people not In full-time education was 22%, up from 21.3% In November," she said.

‘That amounts to 104,300 young people, who are not studying full-time, without work. That's nothing for the Government to crow about.

"Prospects for the Influx of school leavers who want to work full-time are becoming Increasingly more depressing.

*Of the 77,500 lucky enough to find work In December, 65% of them were forced to take up part-time employment.

‘This Is despite the fact that 87% of unemployed young Australians want a full-time job."

According to the figures, 34% of school leavers not engaged In full-time study are now in part-time or casual jobs. That Is up from 25.6% last month, and 24% In July last year.

‘ What that means Is that young people entering the work force are increasingly forced into the temporary, casual and part-time stream which does little to Improve their economic Independence or provide an adequate career path," Senator Stott Despoja said.

"This trend is consistent with the increasing casualisatlon of the workforce as a whole - half the new jobs created In Australia In the past six months have been part-time and casual.

“In an increasingly segmented and polarised workforce, these will be the first Jobs to go with any whiff of economic downturn."

Senator Stott Despoja said Queensland and South Australia were shaping up as the worst states to be young and unemployed.

Queensland's youth unemployment rate Increased from 25.4% to 29.1% In the year to December 1995.

Senator Stott Despoja, Australia’s youngest Senator, will travel to Brisbane tomorrow (Friday) to discuss the youth unemployment problem with local youth representatives.

The unemployment rate for youth In South Australia has also risen - from 32.4% In December 1994 to 36.2% In December 1995.

And In Western Australia, the youth unemployment rate Increased from 20.5% to 24.4% In the same period, The rate fell or was static In the other three states.

For comment, contact: Senator Natasha Stott Deapoja (08) 370 8055

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