West Australia’s tightly controlled border has worked wonders for youth employment.
The major Covid 19 lockdown in Greater Perth caused a huge increase in youth unemployment to 17% (See Chart 1).
Since then, there has been a phenomenal recovery with unemployment cut in half to 8.2%. The lowest it has been in 12 years since November 2009.
(Source Australian Bureau of Statistics, Labour Force, Australia, Released 14/10/2021, Reference period September 2021)
Proof that WA’s controlled border is an economic solution for low unemployment
There is no point on resting on the laurels of all the good outcomes of restricted border movements and the great low unemployment achievements.
There is still more positive gains that can be achieved for the West Australian community.
The WA youth unemployment rate is still too high at 8.2% and there are over 18,000 young citizens unable to gain employment
In addition, the ABS unemployment measurement exclude young people that have dropped out of the Labour force and given up looking for work after job refusals and other reasons.
Over 4,000 youth are in this category. This means that the effective youth unemployment rate is over 10%.