NEEDS WORK: Jobseeker Alex Kingdom, aged 19, is desperate for employment.
NEEDS WORK: Jobseeker Alex Kingdom, aged 19, is desperate for employment. Alistair Brightman

Alex one of many let down by the system

ALEX Kingdom's dream in his final years of study was to get an entry level job in sales and work his way up through the ranks.

But more than 100 applications later, the former Urangan State High School student has not found work on the Fraser Coast. He graduated at the end of 2014.

While the 18-year-old is now desperately looking for work in the Sunshine Coast, Brisbane and Sydney, he said he was disappointed at the lack of job opportunities for young people on the Fraser Coast.

His predicament is all too common for others like him in the region; a situation which has drawn the ire of Maryborough Chamber of Commerce president Lance Stone, who is unimpressed with the region's high youth unemployment statistics.

Last month, 19.4% of people aged between 15 and 24 were jobless in the Wide Bay, according to the Department of Employment.

But Mr Stone thinks it could be higher - he said the Federal Government's Work for the Dole program hid the true reality, in which welfare recipients are placed in non-paid positions but are considered employed.

"We have an obligation as a community to provide a career path after they are finished their education," Mr Stone said.

"We export our most valuable commodity."



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