Youth unemployment in Australia is hitting a crisis point as a new campaign to get young people into jobs, My Chance, Our Future, is launched.

New Australian Bureau of Statistics data analysed by welfare group Brotherhood of St Laurence shows the unemployment rate for those aged 15 to 24 at an alarming 12.2 per cent across Australia in the year to January.

Brotherhood Executive Director Tony Nicholson said the data showed a crisis that Australians could not afford to ignore. “Youth unemployment as high as 21 per cent in some areas of our country is a scandal for our young people, our communities and our economy,” Mr Nicholson said.

In the month of January, youth unemployment in Australia hit 13.4 per cent. However, the new Brotherhood of St Laurence snapshot reveals the picture is worse in a range of youth unemployment hotspots across the country, including in Hume, Victoria, which includes the Goulburn Valley, Wodonga and Wangaratta, where youth unemployment reached 17.5 per cent over the year to January 2014, and west and north west Tasmania, where the rate was 21 per cent.

The My Chance, Our Future campaign seeks to highlight youth unemployment  so Australians can start tackling the crisis together, said Mr Nicholson. For more information on the campaign, as well as resources including a new Youth Unemployment Monitor human stories of youth unemployment as told by young people themselves, visit http://www.bsl.org.au/Advocacy/Youth-employment.aspx.
 

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