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Youth unemployment spikes

Australian Bureau of Statistics data released yesterday show youth unemployment in South Australia has jumped to 15.5%, an increase of 2.3% and is now the highest in nation.

“This shocking youth unemployment rate is terrible news just before Christmas and one of the principle reasons South Australia continues to bleed people across state borders,” said Shadow Minister for Employment Corey Wingard.

“South Australia lost 6,398 people interstate (in net terms) in the year ending June 2016.

“South Australia’s stagnant economy and dwindling job opportunities are forcing young people interstate in search of employment opportunities.

“South Australia now has the dubious distinction of having the highest rate of unemployment and youth unemployment in the country.

“I wish a job had been created for every time I’d spoken with a concerned parent about the future employment prospects for their children.

“Until South Australia pulls itself up by the bootstraps we will continue to lose our young people to places offering better opportunities.

“The Weatherill Government is devoid of plans as to how to tackle the rolling social and economic crisis that unemployment has become.

In the ‘2036’ plan released by State Liberal Leader Steven Marshall, we outlined our plan to grow the economy through:

  • Reducing the tax burden on businesses and households; 
  • Cutting red tape and unnecessary regulation; 
  • Supporting export businesses and encouraging their growth; 
  • Fostering entrepreneurialism; 
  • Investing in productive infrastructure; and, 
  • Supporting growth opportunities for our regional businesses and industries.