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Unemployment trends for young people, 1991-2000

Disproportionately affected by unemployment, young people between 15 and 24 years have a consistently higher rate of unemployment than the general population. For the 15 to 19 age group, the unemployment rate is at least twice the national average.

Between 1991 and 2000, the trend in the quarterly unemployment rate for both young people and the general population can be divided into three distinct phases. From the March 1991 quarter until the September 1994 quarter, the rate for the 15 to 19 age group fluctuated between 19 and 24 percent, reaching a decade high of 23.6 percent in the June 1993 quarter. At that time, the national unemployment rate was 9.7 percent, slightly down from the decade peak of 11.1 percent in the March 1992 quarter. During the 1991 to 1994 period, the proportion of young people leaving school each year with no qualifications was on average around 16 percent.

Figure 11

Graph, Quarterly Unemployment, Young People Aged 15-19 and 20-24 Years.

By the December 1994 quarter, the unemployment rate for the 15 to 19 age group had dropped to 17.3 percent, and remained below this level until the June 1998 quarter. A decade low of 15.2 percent was reached in the September 1997 quarter, when the national unemployment rate was at 6.6 percent. It is possible that increasing employment opportunities arising from the healthier labour market during this period contributed to a rise in both the numbers and overall proportion of young people leaving school without any formal qualifications. Between 1994 and 1996, the annual rate of school leavers with no qualifications rose from 16 percent to 19 percent. In 1996, the total of 9,800 students who left school with no qualifications was higher than in the previous five years.

From the March 1998 quarter, unemployment levels for young people aged 15 to 19 fluctuated between 17 and 20 percent for the remainder of the decade. During 1999 and 2000, the proportion of students leaving school without any qualifications fluctuated between 17 and 18 percent.

Young people aged 20 to 24 years maintained a lower rate of unemployment from 1991 to 2000, yet the overall trend is similar to the 15 to 19 age group. From the March 1991 quarter to the June 1994 quarter, the unemployment rate for the 20 to 24 age group ranged from 13 to 19 percent. Between the September 1994 quarter and the December 1997 quarter the rate remained below 12 percent, with a decade low of 8.1 percent occurring in the June 1996 quarter. From the March 1998 quarter, the rate fluctuated between 9 and 16 percent.

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