Hot spots for youth unemployment

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Yanchep and Gingin are in regions which rank 10th and 13th highest respectively for youth unemployment in the nation. File picture

YOUTH unemployment is very high in the City of Wanneroo including in its northern suburbs and also very high in the Shire of Gingin with both areas making a list of the nation’s top 20 hot spots.

Suburbs such as Yanchep, Two Rocks, Eglinton, Alkimos, Carabooda, Neerabup, Nowergup, Butler, Jindalee are part of the Perth North West region, which in December last year had a youth unemployment rate of 16.7 per cent.

In the Shire of Gingin – part of the Wheatbelt region – the youth unemployment rate was 15.9 per cent.

The Shire of Gingin includes Guilderton, Caraban, Yeal, Beermullah, Breera, Neergabby, Gabbadah, Gingin, Ginginup, Orange Springs, Cowalla, Cullalla, Moondah, Muckenburra, Coonabidgee, Lennard Brook, Bambun, Mindarra, Boonanarring, Wanerie, Granville, Red Gully, Ledge Point, Breton Bay, Seabird, Karakin, Lancelin, Nilgen, Wedge Island, Wilbinga and Woodridge.

The Perth North West region, which includes suburbs from Floreat, Scarborough, Balcatta and Joondalup through to Mindarie and Clarkson had the 10th highest youth unemployment rate in Australia, according to a Brotherhood of St Laurence report Smashing the Avocado Debate: Australia’s Youth Unemployment Hotspots.

The report said the Wheatbelt region, which covers a big area including Muchea, Kulin, Doodlakine, Watheroo and Paynes Find, had the 13th highest youth unemployment rate in the nation.

To put it in perspective the national youth unemployment rate was 11.2 per cent in December 2018, which is below the post-GFC peak of 14.1 per cent in November 2014, but similar to rates in the early 2000s.

Both the Perth North West region and the Wheatbelt region fare worse for youth unemployment than the Perth South East and the Perth North East, which recorded youth unemployment rates of 14.9 per cent and 14.6 per cent respectively.

The report (data source: LMIP calculations, 12-month average of ABS Labour Force Survey data to December 2018) said unemployment among 15 to 24-year-olds had persisted at high levels in some regions.

Nine of the regions with the highest levels of youth unemployment in December 2018 had also been in the top 20 regions in December 2017.

Both the Perth North West and Perth North East regions were in the top 20 youth unemployment hot spots in December last year.