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Unemployed, underemployed or underpaid: The reality for young workers

Google the term “millennials are…” and one of the first suggested searches is “millennials are lazy”.

But the latest employment data suggests the opposite may actually be the case, with many struggling with exploitation and lack of opportunity.

Youth unemployment is currently at 12.5 per cent, well above the national average of 5.6 per cent, and according to a 2017 jobs figures analysis by the Brotherhood of St Lawrence, when the underemployed are added, around a third of all young Australians are either not working or not getting the hours they want.

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