Tasmania ranks high in youth unemployment hotspots

Brotherhood of St Laurence 2019 report released

Tasmania ranks high in youth unemployment hotspots

The 20 worst “hotspot” regions for youth unemployment are mapped annually by the Brotherhood of St Laurence not-for-profit organisation.  It shows that many regional and outer suburban areas bear the heaviest burden.

Youth unemployment is the unemployment for those aged 15 to 24 in the labour force.  The national youth unemployment rate of 11.2% is more than twice Australia’s overall unemployment rate (5%), at December 2018, and almost three times the unemployment rate of those aged 25 and over.

In Tasmania, the South East (including Oatlands, Huonville, Swansea, Nubeena ) is still the highest rate at 17.8%, although it has dropped from fifth to sixth on the ladder. 

Hobart (including Margate, New Norfolk, Dunalley, Richmond ) is now the ninth worst region in the country with 16.9% youth unemployment.

The North and North West of Tasmanian (including Devonport, Burnie, Queenstown) is at 16th place with a youth unemployment rate of 15%. 

Read the report by clicking on the title ‘Smashing the avocado debate: Australia’s youth unemployment hotspots