Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Youth Struggle in Job Market; Vacancy Levels Fall across State in Latest Statistics

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Youth Struggle in Job Market; Vacancy Levels Fall across State in Latest Statistics

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Kim Waters

kim.waters@dailymercury.com.au

YOUNG people are among those hardest hit by a struggling Mackay job market as work vacancy levels fall 11.7% across the state.

According to Australian Bureau of Statistics data released this month, QueenslandCOs supply of vacant jobs is rapidly dwindling.

Only 3700 vacancies were recorded in November.

The data also revealed that Queensland had 65% fewer public service vacancies than it had in 2011 and that the number of mining job vacancies fell from 10,300 to 8300.

YIRS One Stop Youth Shop manager Astrid Steiner said there had been a definite decrease in the number of job vacancies across the city.

Ms Steiner said unskilled youth were one of the most disadvantaged groups, particularly those who had left school early.

C[pounds sterling]The employment market in Mackay at the moment is one where the employer really can be choosy,C[yen] she said.

C[pounds sterling]In Mackay a lot of people are looking for work, so if you havenCOt finished school or have been out of work for a while your chances of getting employment quickly are definitely lessened. …

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