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Women and youth hit hard by underemployment.

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Media Release Jenny MacklinMP

Acting Leader of the Opposition

Shadow Minister for Employment, Education, Training & Science Federal Member for Jagajaga


Too many Australians, especially young people and women, are trapped in low-paid, low skilled and insecure jobs, an Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) report found today.

Hidden Unemployment in Australia shows that Australia is facing an underemployment crisis with over 700,000 workers stuck in part time or casual jobs.

Women make up an alarming two thirds of all Australians facing underemployment - decreasing their job security and increasing their risk of unemployment.

The report also found that many young Australians are taking on temporary and insecure employment with little opportunity for much needed skill development.

These findings are further evidence that the Howard Government is failing to ensure young Australians and women have sufficient access to training and job security.

Under the Howard Government almost 75% per cent of all jobs created have been part-time or casual positions with the number of underemployed workers in Australia jumping almost 15% since 1996.

These figures demonstrate that the Howard Government has not done enough to help casual and part-time workers get the hours of work and income that they need.

Labor will provide Australians with the education, training and support they need for jobs with more security, better hours and higher pay.

It is time the Howard Government provided Australian women and teenagers with the education and training opportunities they need to get a decent job.

Media Contact: Shannon Rees 0438 950 375 November 13 2003

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