Jobless numbers rise 10.7%

THREE in 10 regional youths do not have a job.

Outback Queensland region has the highest youth unemployment percentage in the nation and it is the fastest growing.

Recent Australian Bureau of Statistics data reveals 28.4% of the region's youth are unemployed, an increase of 10.7% in 12 months.

It is an issue outgoing Longreach mayor, Joe Owens is familiar with.

Mr Owens said the region was banking on a year of strong rainfall to create wealth and jobs, particularly for the youth.

"With the drought and everything we are experiencing out here it doesn't surprise me young people can't get work," he said.

"A lot of the businesses in town who used to hire young people on a casual wage would be cutting back in that employment, so the fact it has risen wouldn't surprise me in the present situation."



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