Figures just out show teens find it harder to get a job
FIGURES showing almost one in three teenagers aged 15-19 were unemployed in the Wide Bay-Burnett region were still too high, Member for Gympie David Gibson said yesterday.
The full-time unemployment rate for youths in that age bracket was 27%. In the broader age category of 15-24 years, the unemployment rate was 14.7%.
The figures, compiled by the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, for last November, show how hard it is for some young people to get a job.
Overall, the unemployment rate across all ages was 8%.
Across the state, the general unemployment rate for that period was 6%, with the jobless rate for 15-24 year olds at 12.3%.
For teens aged 15-19 across Queensland, the unemployment rate stood at 24.5%.
"The loss of any job in the Gympie region is a big deal because of the flow-on effects to the broader community but when our young people can't even find work locally and then have to look for work elsewhere that's when we risk losing our future," Mr Gibson said.
"Training is the key and recent developments with the establishment of a campus of the Sunshine Coast University in Gympie along with our local high schools joining to build a new trade training facility at the TAFE campus will make it easier for our young people to get the skills locally.
"As a small town we all know how important all of our people are, and we must fight to keep every job we can, because our Gympie families matters most."
Member for Wide Bay Warren Truss said the Federal Government must remove the disincentives to employment and improve taxation and industrial relations arrangements to help create jobs.
He said employers were laying off staff in order to survive and keep their businesses viable.
"We need to ensure that people have access to training programs that build and develop the skills employers want," Mr Truss said.
"Training providers need to continue to work closely with industry groups to ensure that courses they offer match the demands of the labour market."