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A new report examining youth unemployment in Western Sydney has been released by Youth Action. The report shows that while Greater Western Sydney is one of the fastest growing regions in Australia, jobs and training opportunities for young people are not keeping up.

Western Sydney is disproportionately affected by disadvantages that make the region vulnerable to macro changes happening to the broader employment landscape, making it tough for young people looking for work in the region to find it. 

The report shows:

  • There is a high concentration of young people in industries vulnerable to automation and change (46% are employed by high risk areas such as hospitality and retail) and many holding casual or part-time jobs.
  • Nationally, the number of full-time jobs available for 15–19 year olds has halved since 2008.
  • Education completion rates and young employees who work in jobs requiring post-school qualifications are lower in Western Sydney than the Sydney average.
  • 6.9% of young people in Western Sydney are not studying or looking for work compared to 3.9% for the rest of Sydney. Once young people 'disengage' from full-time study or work, they become less likely to re-enter employment in the future.

Youth Action is calling on the NSW Government to do more to turn the tide on employment for young people in Greater Western Sydney to ensure young people are equipped with the skills they need for work and are matched with real job opportunities.

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