Intergenerational unemployment Australia
Intergenerational unemployment Australia – it’s a widespread problem not just Illawarra
Australian Bureau of Statistics has indicated that young people whose parents are not in work have lower labour force participation rates and higher unemployment rates than young people with at least one parent at work. More recently, information gathered from a group of job seekers showed that young people with one or both parents in work were significantly more likely to have found stable employment over a one-year period than young people whose parents were not in work. Read More (This is the fifth of a series of commissioned papers on social inclusion/exclusion, prepared for the Australian Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations by Professor Tony Vinson, Faculty of Education and Social Work, University of Sydney. August, 2008)
Intergenerational unemployment in Illawarra
In Illawarra the problems of intergenerational unemployment, lack of affordable housing and difficulty accessing childcare have been identified as the main concerns for family support groups working in the Illawarra.
The Illawarra has a “stubbornly high” unemployment rate, with Wollongong currently sitting at 7 per cent – substantially greater than the national average of 5.7 per cent.For the rest of the Illawarra the rate is much higher, and according to Department of Employment information, the figure sat at 9.7 per cent in July this year.
But the greatest concern for organisations like Mission Australia is youth unemployment in the Illawarra, and the organisation’s NSW director James Toomey said a trend of increasing youth joblessness was worrying. “The Illawarra is an area of stubbornly high unemployment,” he said. “If a young person is unemployed now, they are likely to be unemployed in 10 years’ time.”This is not only worrying for the individual but means increased costs for the community in terms of income support, criminal justice, health and family breakdown.” Wollongong’s youth unemployment rate was 13.2 per cent in July, with the rest of the Illawarra at 21.5 per cent, compared to a state average of just 11.5 per cent.
CatholicCare Wollongong family support program manager Eva Fraticelli said single parents were particularly at risk of falling through the cracks. “Within the electoral area of Cunningham and Throsby you’re looking at between 16 and 18 per cent having a sole parent,” she said.
Homelessness “The things they’re struggling with are very basic needs like affordable housing and access to mental health services.” Based on 2011 Census information, the Illawarra-Shoalhaven Medicare Local estimated there were 813 homeless in Wollongong, 226 in Shoalhaven and 166 in Kiama – Shellharbour.
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Intergenerational unemployment will be discussed at an upcoming Long Term Unemployment Conference to be held in the Gold Coast, Australiawww.longtermunemployment.org.au Ph: (61 7) 5502 2068 Fax: 07 5527 3298