Australian Left Review


Bruce Chapman


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.



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