More than one-third of 38 per cent of Australians who lost their jobs during the early days of the coronavirus pandemic were younger than 25, a government study has found.
The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) on Friday published a report on the psychological distress experienced by young Australians in the early stages of the pandemic, reports Xinhua news agency.
It revealed that 38 percent of the 592,000 Australians who lost employment in April 2020 amid a nationwide lockdown were aged 15-24 and that the proportion of people aged 18-24 experiencing severe psychological distress increased from 14 percent in 2017 to 22 percent.
The proportion of Australians aged 15-24 who were not in education, employment or training rose from 8.7 percent in May 2019 to 12 percent in May 2020.
“Adolescence and young adulthood is a critical period in a person’s life. Young people often experience rapid physical, social and emotional changes in a time where they are transitioning from dependence to independence,” AIHW spokesperson Sally Mills said in a statement.
“This is a time when young people are finishing school, pursuing further training and education, entering the workforce, moving out of the family home, and forming relationships.
“Ongoing monitoring is needed to fully understand the longer-term impact of the pandemic,” Mills added.
Despite the significant increase in unemployment and distress, the report found young Australians were faring well in some areas, with 59 percent of people aged 15-19 saying they were happy or very happy with their lives in April 2020.