Unemployed youth


4 Mar 2019

Australia’s youth unemployment rate is stagnating at the levels seen in the early 2000s, despite 28 years of economic growth. This analysis from the Brotherhood of St Laurence maps the 20 worst “hotspot” regions for youth unemployment, and confirms many regional and outer suburban areas...


28 Feb 2019

This article outlines seven observations from a review of initiatives that have replicated their model to increase social impact.


The £40 billion prize from boosting youth employment, education and training in the UK
1 Nov 2018

The index estimates the potential gain from boosting youth employment, education and training to be around £40 billion in the UK and over $1 trillion across the OECD. This can be achieved by lowering the NEET (not in education, employment or training) rate to German...


31 May 2018

This guide provides a brief overview of youth unemployment, an introduction to the key concepts and terminology used, and lists relevant data sources.


26 Mar 2018

This new data report maps youth unemployment trends, zeroing in on twenty 'hotspots' that have the highest youth unemployment rates in Australia. A state by state analysis is also included.


4 Dec 2017

Long-term unemployment remains a threat for young Australians, but blaming them for this situation is not supported by the facts.


8 Aug 2017

This guide provides a brief overview of the youth unemployment data available for small geographic areas.


27 Mar 2017

Increasingly, unemployment rates tell only part of the story of young people’s jobs challenge. Underemployment, at 18 per cent of the nation’s youth labour force, is the highest in the 40 years since the ABS count officially began. And unemployment – at 13.5 per cent...


21 Nov 2016

The youth unemployment rate of 12.8% (trend rate) for October remains much higher than the rates before the global financial crisis – which were below 9% – according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). The rate has climbed steadily from the year’s low of...



27 Oct 2016

Since 2014, SVA has been incubating a model for demand-led employment called the Industry Employment Initiative (IEI). The model aims to create sustainable employment for disadvantaged job seekers, while helping employers meet their recruitment needs and corporate responsibility objectives.

Incubating the IEI has highlighted...


19 Oct 2016

No young person must be allowed to leave school to nothing - no job, no further training, no hope. The Salvation Army is issuing this challenge to the New Zealand community in a report titled ‘What Next?’, focused on the employment needs of 15 to...

Discussion paper

25 Sep 2016


Across the Pacific, youth unemployment is regarded by governments, donors and citizens as one of the region’s key concerns, not only because of its effect on economic advancement, but also because of a perceived association between joblessness and insecurity, including the prospect...


7 Jul 2016

This 2016 edition of the OECD Employment Outlook provides an in-depth review of recent labour market trends and short-term prospects in OECD countries. Chapter 1 examines recent labour market developments, with a special focus on vulnerable youth who are neither working nor in education or...

Data portal


30 Jun 2016

This web page provides an interactive map which overlays ABS labour force regional data with NSW electoral boundaries to provide visual insight into what may be happening in electorates.

There are 28 labour force regions in NSW: 15 in Greater Sydney and 13 in...

Audio interview


17 Jun 2016

The Coalition youth unemployment policy detailed in the budget includes a training program, a 12-week internship and a subsidy for employers. It was criticised by some who said it would exploit young workers by allowing employers to pay them below the minimum wage. Shadow Minister...


15 Jun 2016

Under a cloud of rising debt, soaring house prices and the struggle to find secure, full-time employment, today’s young Australians are facing a very real possibility that their generation will be the first to be worse off than their parents.

While today’s young people...


31 May 2016

Burnie Works is a community-wide collaborative initiative in North West Tasmania that is applying the collective impact framework to address the complex problem of low school retention and high youth unemployment. Their generous learning spirit allows us to critically review how Burnie Works has interpreted...


5 May 2016

The Youth Employment Package aims to give young job seekers under 25 years of age the employability skills and real work experience they need to get a job.

The package will boost young people’s job prospects by helping them be better prepared for the...


12 Apr 2016

Use these 10 fundamental principles to design and evaluate programs to most effectively counter the persistent problem of youth unemployment.


7 Apr 2016

There are many reasons to be concerned about the growing and, now, long-term problem of jobs in Western Sydney. First there is the simple problem of insufficient jobs for its resident workers. Then there is the problem of jobs location. Overlaying both these concerns is...



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