Briefing paper

Australian youth unemployment 2014: snapshot

Unemployment Poverty Australia

Introduction: The Brotherhood of St Laurence has launched a campaign to bring attention to the rising crisis of youth unemployment in Australia.

Youth unemployment has risen across the country, and now sits at 12.2% nationally. That’s up from 8.8% in 2008.

But much worse – there are youth unemployment hotspots right across the country where we’ve entered a disaster zone.

According to new ABS data (released on Thursday 20 February 2014), youth unemployment in the year to January 2014 hit:

  • 21% in West and North West Tasmania, including Burnie and Devonport
  • 20.5% in Cairns
  • 19.7% in northern Adelaide, including Elizabeth and Gawler
  • 17.5% in Hume (Victoria), including Goulburn Valley, Wodonga and Wangaratta
  • 17.3% in Mandurah (WA)
  • 16.8% in Parramatta (NSW)
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