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The September 2005 issue of Western Australian Statistical Indicators, released on 10 October 2005, features an analysis of Youth in Regional Western Australia. This article draws attention to the differing characteristics of young people residing in metropolitan Perth to those in ten selected regional areas. The article examines aspects of population, education, employment, living arrangements and cultural diversity. Youth in the selected regional areas shared a number of characteristics with youth in Perth. These similarities included that they worked mainly in the retail industry, commonly lived with parents, were associated with a variety of ancestries, spoke a diverse range of languages and were mostly Christian. However, among the selected regional areas, youth had lower rates of participation in education, were more often employed in the major industries located within their areas, and had a higher proportion disengaged or not in education or work, than youth in Perth.
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