The unemployment rate for 15-19 year olds is 35%, compared with the labour force generally of around 11%. It is this, more than anything else, which has sparked the public anguish about young unemployed people. Yet the emphasis on youth unemployment at present preoccupying both government and opposition is, to a very large extent, misplaced. The biggest problem in the Australian labour market is long-term unemployment—and it is a problem likely to get worse.
Recommended CitationChapman, Bruce, Margins: Long Time No See, Australian Left Review, 1(142), 1992, 2-2.