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No good news for young unemployed in job figures.

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Media Release

Jenny Macklin MP Deputy Federal Labor Leader Shadow Minister for Employment, Education & Training Federal Member for Jagajaga


Labor welcomes the drop in today’s unemployment rate however we are concerned by the considerable fall in the number of full-time jobs, especially for young Australians.

Australian Bureau of Statistics Labour Force Figures for May (ABS) show that the total number of full-time jobs dropped by 42,000 - half of these job losses hitting young Australians.

This means that the number of young Australians in full-time work has plummeted 20,000 in just one month which is the second biggest drop in 25 years.

Youth unemployment remains too high with over 1 in 5 teenagers out of work and looking for full-time work.

The Howard Government has run out of ideas to help the 68,000 young unemployed Australians struggling to find a job.

The Howard Government should adopt Labor’s Learn or Earn policy that gives all 15 to 18 year olds the support they need to be studying at school, TAFE, or university or be in a job or apprenticeship.

Labor’s Learn or Earn policy includes the following initiatives;

! No TAFE fees for secondary school students

! New support to keep 15,000 more 15-18 year olds at school each year

! 1,080 Training Mentors to make sure young people stay at school or move into a full-time job or further training

! 7,500 TAFE places for 15-18 year olds each year

! 7,500 extra apprenticeships for 15-18 year olds each year

! A Jobs Gateway to target 10,000 early school leavers each year and provide them with a job and up to two years of specialised training

Doing nothing should not be an option for young Australians.

We want all young Australians climbing the ladder of opportunity, not languishing on unemployment benefits.

More info: Shannon Rees 0438 950 375

10th June 2004