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October 1984, Vol. 107, No. 10
A comparison of youth unemployment
in Australia and the United States
Neither Australia nor the United States has escaped the international "unemployment plaque." In common with the other industrialized countries in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development area (the most notable exception being Japan), Australia and the United States are experiencing high rates of overall and youth unemployment. This article examines the comparative labor market situation of youth in both countries. It also reviews the most frequent explanations of the causes of youth unemployment, which relate to high labor costs, demography, and the general economic situation.
Youth unemployment rates are affected by the overall job market. Thus, the emergence of youth unemployment as a major problem in Australia and its growing seriousness in the United States cannot be understood independently of the general growth in unemployment.
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