Opinion article* published in the Newcastle Herald, written by University of Newcastle School of Design, Communication and Information Technology lecturer Paul Scott.

Youth unemployment in Australia is at a 12-year high.

For those aged 15 to 24, the unemployment rate is 13.1 per cent.

Unemployment among those aged 15 to 19 in the Newcastle district stood at 32.6 per cent last December.

Underemployment and non-participation are major issues that obfuscate the real depth of youth unemployment.

Unemployment and under-employment is impeding young people’s efforts to earn, establish savings, develop professional experience and secure jobs with long-term prospects – all of which were fairly normal situations for previous generations.

But changing employment patterns and slow economic growth leave young people susceptible to the risk of becoming entangled in long-term unemployment or under-employment, or being unable to find stable work that is either only seasonal or part-time.

Securing an entry-level position has become more complex than it was just a generation ago.

Such concerns are transnational. They present a real risk to global stability.

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*This opinion piece represents the author’s views