Young can't find work in Ipswich, Gympie, Bundaberg

Youth unemployment in Queensland as of July 2014
Youth unemployment in Queensland as of July 2014

QUEENSLAND now lays claim to being home to some of Australia's worst youth unemployment regions, according to new figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

Cairns, Ipswich, Caboolture, Redcliffe, Bundaberg, Gympie and outback Queensland are some of the hardest places in Australia to get a job for 15 to 24 year olds.

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In some places at some times of the year, one in three young Queenslanders under 24 cannot get a job, a situation described by social policy group, the Brotherhood of St Laurence, as a "generational crisis"

The latest breakdown of the July 2014 ABS data, collated by Queensland Treasury, shows Cairns has average youth unemployment of 20.4 per cent, while Ipswich has youth unemployment of 20.1 per cent.

In the past 12 months, youth unemployment has soared past 30.1 per cent in Ipswich and to 34.5 per cent in the Queensland Outback.

Read more at Brisbane Times


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