Publication Details

Pomfret, S., Braithwaite, B., Burrows, S., Viselli, N. & Kerr, A. 2008, Youth Unemployment in the Illawarra: An Investigation into the Problems Facing Young Jobseekers in our Region, IRIS Research, Wollongong.


Unemployment, and in particular youth unemployment, is one of the most significant economic and social issues facing the Illawarra region. Whilst the official youth unemployment statistics can be debated from one month to the next, what is clear is that for at least the past two decades our region‟s young people have experienced a consistently higher rate of unemployment than most of their peers living elsewhere in Australia.

The study upon which this report is based has sought to explore the reasons why the Illawarra region has a consistently higher youth unemployment rate than other places throughout the nation. It seeks to outline those factors impacting young jobseekers in all regions, as well as uncovering those factors either more prominent within, or perhaps unique to the Illawarra region.