Monday 28 August 2017

Sunshine Coast youth suffer under Labor’s job con

• Youth unemployment on the Sunshine Coast has risen to 10.8 per cent
• More than 6,7000 young Queenslanders on the Sunshine Coast have given up looking for work since Annastacia Palaszczuk’s election
• 2,000 jobs have been lost on the Sunshine Coast in the last 12 months;

Young Queenslanders are continuing to suffer under the do-nothing Labor Government, with the youth unemployment rate sky-rocketing to 10.8 per cent on the Sunshine Coast.

Member for Noosa Glen Elmes said that the increasing rates of youth unemployment is a barometer for the community’s overall health.  High rates of youth unemployment is linked to a slowing down of the economy an increase in crime and a lack of hope for the future.

“Labor’s jobs crisis has hit especially hard on the Sunshine Coast with more than 2,000 job losses in the last 12 months,” Mr Elmes said.

“We have a generation of young people out of work and without opportunities to develop necessary life skills, who are increasingly angry towards a system that they see as unjust.

“The latest youth unemployment figures are more evidence that Queensland is stagnating, leaving young jobseekers, future parents and future leaders behind.

“Unemployment is one thing, but underemployment is another - a problem that is more difficult to monitor and report on. Retail and hospitality are the top 2 industries for employment in the Noosa Electorate and supports a predominantly casual workforce, where workers hours are cut with little or no notice, making it difficult to make ends meet.

“The youth unemployment rate would be even higher if 6,700 people didn’t give up looking for work. It isn’t just the numbers of people pounding the pavement looking for work, more concerning it is about the people who gave up looking for work, that go under the radar.

Mr Elmes said the LNP’s Get Queensland Working program would reverse Labor’s youth jobs trend by reducing the cost of working for young apprentices and offering financial incentives for businesses which train and retain staff.

“The LNP’s $100 million Get Queensland Working will create up to 20,000 jobs for young Queenslanders through financial incentives for businesses which take on young apprentices and vouchers for young tradies to buy their tools whether they’re a hairdresser, a carpenter or a pastry chef."  ENDS