CANBERRA: One-third or 38 per cent of Austral Australians who lost their jobs in the early days of the coronavirus epidemic were under the age of 25, a government study has found.

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) on Friday published a report on the mental distress experienced by young Austral Australians in the early stages of the epidemic, Xinhua news agency reported.

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Of the 592,000 Austral Australians who lost their jobs in April 2020 during the nationwide lockdown, 38 per cent were between the ages of 15 and 24, and the proportion of people aged 18-24 suffering from severe mental distress rose from 14 per cent in 2017 to 22 per cent. .

The proportion of Austral Australians aged 15-24 without education, employment or training has increased from 8.7 per cent in May 2019 to 12 per cent in May 2020.

“Adolescence and adolescence are important periods of a person’s life. Young people often experience rapid physical, social and emotional change at a time when they are moving from dependency to independence,” AIHW spokeswoman Sally Mills said in a statement.

“This is the time when young people complete school, get further training and education, get into employees, move out of the family home and build relationships.

Mills added, “Continued monitoring is essential to fully understand the long-term impact of the epidemic.”

Despite a significant increase in unemployment and distress, the report found that young Austral Australians are making good progress in some areas, with cent people aged 15 to 19 saying they are happy or very happy with their lives in April 2020.