Youth unemployment 'highest in nearly four decades'
THE under-employment of young Australians has hit its highest level in nearly four decades, at more than 15 per cent.
Research from the Brotherhood of St Laurence welfare group has found more than 300,000 young Australians have casual or part-time jobs but want either more work or full-time positions.
The brotherhood's Tony Nicholson said that figure combined with those who are officially unemployed adds up to more than 500,000 young people.
"If you add the unemployed to those who are under-employed, you find that about 580,000 young people are really struggling to get a foothold in the world of work," he told AM.
Combined with the unemployment rates of around 14 per cent, Mr Nicholson says it is a double blow for young Australians.