Kingaroy job hunt a sign of youth unemployment rise

DESPERATE MEASURES: Shantelle Davis is hitting the streets with her placard to try and find a job.
DESPERATE MEASURES: Shantelle Davis is hitting the streets with her placard to try and find a job. Barclay White

YOUTH unemployment is on the rise, but one young job seeker is not sitting down and waiting for a job to come her way.

Shantelle Davis, 20, has searched for a job since she left school at 16 with no luck.

"Because I have no experience, I put out resumes but I never get a call back," she said.

Ms Davis wants to try something different to show employers she has what it takes.

With her home-made placard she will hit the street this morning to try and catch the attention of anyone who will give her a go.

"I'm very nervous doing this," she said.

"But I'm willing to learn anything."

Her story is just one of many in the Wide Bay Burnett as youth unemployment continues to rise.

Latest figures show a spike in youth unemployment (15-24) within the region to 22%, a number that was one of the highest in the nation.

The last 12 months had been especially bad for young job seekers, which increased from 16.8% within one year.

Ms Davis hopes her story will have a happy ending and she will find a job through her unconventional method.

"You really feel disconnected when you don't have a job," she said.

She was on Youngman St, outside Supercheap Auto, with her placard from 7.30-8.30am on Friday.

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