SA's youth unemployment highest in the Nation

Media Release

25 February 2016

Youth unemployment in South Australia has jumped above 16 per cent to become the highest in the nation.

SA’s youth unemployment rate (15-24 years) jumped from 14.9 per cent in December 2015 to 16.2 per cent in January.

This is compared to the national youth unemployment rate of 13.9 per cent, and a youth unemployment rate of 13.2 per cent in New South Wales and 12.9 per cent in Western Australia.

‘Today’s figures are yet another setback for young South Australians looking for a job,” said Shadow Minister for Employment Corey Wingard.

“South Australia is now in the unenviable position of having the highest unemployment, youth unemployment and underemployment rates in the nation.

“The Weatherill Labor Government must improve job opportunities for young people in South Australia.

“If not, we run the risk of even more young people leaving South Australia for better job opportunities interstate.

“From June 2014 to June 2015, 3,763 people left South Australia to go interstate.

“The Weatherill Government fails to understand that its tax and spend policies are strangling business investment and jobs growth in South Australia.

“To create jobs in South Australia we need to lower taxes and reduce red tape to encourage business investment and economic growth.

“Improving business conditions is the only sustainable means of growing South Australia’s stagnant jobs market.”


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