OPINION: Mandurah Jobs Fair showed the human side behind unemployment crisis

OPINION: Mandurah Jobs Fair showed the human side behind unemployment crisis

THE Jobs Fair at the Mandurah Forum showed the human face of Mandurah’s unemployment crisis.

We can use rankings to compare our unemployment rate to other areas. Mandurah has the second highest unemployment rate in Australia, according to CommSec.

We can quote statistics to demonstrate the severity of the situation. CommSec compiled ABS figures and found Mandurah’s unemployment rate in August 2016 was 10.5 per cent. Outback Queensland topped this list with 13.7 per cent.

We can show graphs to illustrate the point, such as the Labour Market Information Portal showing Mandurah’s unemployment rate was way above other areas in WA in April this year.

However, seeing thousands of job-seekers lining up for hours showed the human element behind the figures. There were school kids in uniform, families and people of all ages in the queue.

A Mandurah Forum spokeswoman said the Jobs Forum response was “overwhelming.” They could not see everyone and suggested candidates who missed out send their resumes in.

I wouldn’t be surprised if they have to employ extra people to go through the sheer volume of resumes.

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