Government fails young Tasmanian job seekers

  • Tasmania’s youth unemployment rate worst in the nation
  • Will Hodgman in denial over jobs crisis
  • Youth unemployment in Glenorchy 66% higher than national average
  • The Hodgman Liberal Government is in denial
    about Tasmania’s job crisis and out of touch with the barriers to work young
    jobseekers face.

    Australian Bureau of
    Statistics figures show that Tasmania has the highest youth unemployment rate in
    the nation. Youth unemployment in greater Hobart is 17.2 per cent, with some
    areas as high as 20 per cent.

    Shadow Minister for Youth Affairs, Josh Willie,
    said the Hodgman Government has refused to acknowledge the impossible
    circumstances facing young people.

    Mr Willie today met Shaun Clayton who is
    desperate to start a building apprenticeship but faces a three month wait to
    sit his driving test to get a license.

    With many apprenticeship advertised in September
    and all requiring a current driver’s license, Shaun risks long delays in
    finding work.

    “At a time when Tasmania is crying out for skilled
    workers and our unemployment rate is the worst in the country, we can’t afford
    for people like Shaun to be slipping through the cracks,” Mr Willie said.

    “This is just one example of the practical
    impediments young people face in trying to find work.

    “Will Hodgman has no idea about the challenges
    facing young people the same way he has no idea about how to reverse the
    state’s appalling jobs figures.

    “Youth unemployment in many areas of Glenorchy
    is 66 percent higher than the national average.

    “Young Tasmanians are sick of paying the price
    for Will Hodgman’s failures.

    “Will Hodgman must explain how he is going to tackle Tasmania’s jobs emergency.”

    Josh Willie MP

    Shadow Minister for Youth Affairs