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MEDIA RELEASE

 

Martin Ferguson, MP

Federal Member for Batman

Shadow Minister for Employment, Education, Training, Population and Immigration

 

September 22, 1998

 

Note: Embargo 1.30pm

 

Mr Ferguson will hold a media conference about these figures

1.30pm September 22, 1998

Electro Group Training company

23-27 Marquett St

RHODES-SYDNEY

 

AUSTRALIA’S YOUTH UNEMPLOYMENT HOT SPOTS

 

In most States and Territories unemployment for young people is now higher than at the time of the last election, according to the l ast data on youth unemployment available before the 1998 Federal election.

 

“In the ACT, Tasmania, Victoria, NSW and WA youth unemployment rates are higher than at the time of the last election,” the Shadow Minister for Employment and Training, Martin Ferguson, said today.

 

“Victoria has a youth unemployment crisis, according to this data, because every month for the last ten months youth unemployment has crept up and up. Five of the ten worst areas of regional youth unemployment are in Victoria.

 

“In ranking order, North West Melbourne, Inner Melbourne, All Gippsland and the Barwon Western District are the top four youth unemployment regions in Australia.

 

“Outer West Melbourne has this month ranked as the tenth worst youth unemployment region in Australia.

 

“A growing youth unemployment crisis is also evident in Western Australia where there has been an increase in seven of the last eight months in the rate of youth unemployment.

 

“The national youth unemployment rate of 28.2 per cent was released earlier this month. This is higher than at the time of the last election when the national youth unemployment rate was 26.8 per cent.

 

“John Howard promised voters before the last election that he would make youth unemployment his number one priority when he told the National Press Club on the eve of the 1996 election:

 

“I will be a very disappointed man if I have not made very serious inroads into the level of youth unemployment in this country because I would like to see our performance in that area as being the m ark of what we have been able to do as a Government.’

 

“Queensland’s youth unemployment rate of 28.2 per cent is the same as the national youth unemployment rate. The ACT, South Australia, Tasmania and Victoria have youth unemployment rates above the natio nal level. Only NSW, WA and the NT are below the national youth unemployment rate.

 

This latest data will greatly concern the 19 Coalition candidates fighting to hold marginal electorates where youth unemployment has not improved since the 1996 election — or got worse. (see attached list).

 

“In the top ten regions of youth unemployment there are six Government electorates held by very small margins — Adelaide, Braddon, Hindmarsh, McMillan, Page and Richmond.

 

The crisis in youth unemployment has been exacer bated by Howard Government policies which are hostile to the creation of employment opportunities for the young.

 

“John Howard and Dr Kemp prefer to blame the victim rather than providing the training and skills acquisition that would help young people find jobs and careers. They have no policies whatsoever to reduce youth unemployment and do not even regard it as a central policy issue.

 

“Nothing demonstrates the Coalition’s failure of young people more than the sharp drop in start ups of traditional apprenticeships.

 

Since Labor’s last full year of office there have been 5000 less commencements in traditional three and four year apprenticeships in industries like metals engineering and building.

 

A Beazley Labor Government has a detailed policy plan to get young people into apprenticeships and other career paths to cut youth unemployment. Beazley Labor’s plans for our young people and their families will be fully detailed in our soon-to-be released jobs policies.”

 

For interview: Andrew Casey, Martin Ferguson’s office, 0414 776 846 

 

MARGINAL NON-LABOR ELECTORATES WHERE YOUTH

UNEMPLOYMENT IS RISING

 

Between February 1996 and August 1998, the youth unemployment rate rose in the statistical regions covering the following marginal non-Labor seats.

 

• Adelaide ( youth unemployment in the Western Adelaide region has jumped from 28.6 to 36.7% to join the 10 worst regions in Australia)

 

• Ballarat (The Central Highlands Wimmera region has jumped from

30 to 33.2%)

 

• Bass (Northern Tasmania has jumped from 28.2 to 31.9%)

 

• Braddon (The Mersey-Lyell region of Tasmania has also jumped sharply, from 27.5 to 36.6% to join the 10 hardest hit regions)

 

• Bowman (South and East Brisbane up from 28.8 to 30.6%)

 

• Cowan (East Perth region up from 18.5% to 26.8%)

 

• Dickson (The North and West Brisbane region has jumped from 33.6 to 35.3%)

 

• Hindmarsh (youth unemployment in the Western Adelaide re gion has jumped from 28.6 to 36.7% to join the 10 worst regions in Australia)

 

• Leichhardt (The youth unemployment rate in Far North Queensland has more than doubled from 13.4 to 29.1%)

 

• McMillan (All Gippsland region, up from 33.9 to a shocking 47.1%, to become now the third highest region of youth unemployment in Australia)

 

• Oxley (North and West Brisbane region up from 33.6 to 35.3%)

 

• Paterson (Hunter region, up from 26.3 to 32.6%)

 

• Rankin (also in South and East Brisbane up from 28.8 to 30.6%)

 

• Robertson (The Gosford-Wyong region has risen from 27.2 to

29.2%)

 

• Swan (The Eastern Perth region has risen from 18.5 to 26.8%)

 

 

MARGINAL NON-LABOR ELECTORATES WHERE YOUTH

UNEMPLOYMENT IS FLAT

 

Between February 1996 and August 1998, the youth unemplo yment rate has stayed virtually flat in the statistical regions covering the following marginal non-Labor seats.

 

• Griffith ( youth unemployment at the time of the last election was 29.9 per cent. In August 1998 it is 29.4 per cent)

 

• Makin ( youth unemp loyment at the time of the last election was 36.4 per cent in the Northern Adelaide statistical region. It is now 35.7 per cent,having dipped to its lowest point in the term of the Howard Government in June 1998 (34.1 per cent) it has been back on the rise ever since )

 

• Page ( youth unemployment at the time of the last election was 40.3 per cent in the Richmond-Tweed and Mid-North Coast statistical region. In August 1998 it is 39.4 per cent.)

 

• Richmond ( youth unemployment at the time of the last electi on was 40.3 per cent in the Richmond-Tweed and Mid-North Coast statistical region. It August 1998 it is 39.4 per cent.)

 

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Explanation of the data:

 

This data shows full-time teenage unemployment rates (15-19 years) in the ABS statistical regions aver aged out over twelve months. By averaging these figures over twelve months they are much more reliable and less volatile than normal monthly measurements of youth unemployment in local areas.

 

Due to changes in the regional boundaries of some Statistical R egions, and the non availability of data in some cases due to small sample sizes, comparisons are not available for every region and none are attempted where there is not accurate, fully comparable data.

 

For further inforimation: Andrew Casey or Andrew Sc ott 03 9482 4644

 

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