According to a new report, Northam has been named in the top five regions for unemployment 'hotspots' for young people in Western Australia.
The five regions in the state with the highest youth unemployment rates were:
- 17.7 % in the Mandurah region, including Pinjarra;
- 16.0 % in the Perth-North West region, including Joondalup, Stirling, Wanneroo, Scarborough;
- 15.1 % in the Perth-North East region, including Mundaring, Guildford, Malaga, Ellenbrook;
- 14.5 % in the Wheat Belt region, including Albany, Katanning, Narrogin, Northam; and
- 14.4 % in the Outback region, including Port Hedland, Broome, Kalgoorlie, Karratha, Geraldton.
Anti-poverty organisation, the Brotherhood of St Laurence, analysed the Australian Bureau of Statistics data, with the report warning "the story of youth employment in our prosperous country has become a tale of two Australias." It was also mentioned that one third of all unemployed people in Australia are aged 15 to 24. Executive Director, Conny Lenneberg, said the new report also outlines the extent to which location is shaping opportunities for young Australians; "in our prosperous country it’s very worrying when we have more than a quarter of a million young people in the labour force who are unemployed."