Youth unemployment in the South West Metropolitan Area has steadily increased from 15.4 per cent in November 2008 to a new high of 25.9 per cent in November this year.
The figures highlight the fact that the benefits of WA’s resources construction boom are not flowing through to all members of the community. With projects like Gorgon and Wheatstone now under construction and requiring hundreds of thousands of tonnes of fabricated steel, the fabrication workshops in Kwinana should be booming and creating jobs and apprenticeships for young people who live in the area.
Instead, we are seeing many fabrication contracts head offshore, and local kids are missing out. This is a problem now, but it will also have long term economic effects for WA, as young workers miss out on the opportunity to develop skills and experience that could drive new industries and jobs beyond the resources boom.