Youth employment, quality of jobs a big concern

Youth employment and the quality of jobs is a big concern in Canada an Australia

Ken Georgetti was commenting on the release by Statistics Canada of its Labour Force Survey for August 2013. There were 1,362,000 unemployed Canadians in August and the overall unemployment rate was 7.1%. In the 15-to-24 age group, official unemployment stood at 14.1%, an increase from 13.9% in July. Fully 48.3% of young workers were employed part-time, up from 47.9% in July.

map_of_canada“Youth unemployment was too high back in July and it got even higher in August,” says Georgetti, “Most of the new jobs we saw in the entire labour force in August were part-time. People cannot build lives and support families on part-time work.”

Job Creation and Training

Georgetti is calling governments and employers to invest in job creation and training. “There is a crying need for physical infrastructure and good quality social services in Canada and we have unemployed people who would be only too happy to be working for the country’s benefit.”

He says that Ottawa has provided billions in corporate tax giveaways in the hope that companies would invest in job creation and training. “Those companies are sitting on the cash instead of investing it in job creation and training. They must put that money to work in the economy.”

There were 1.36 million unemployed workers in Canada in August 2013, and the unemployment rate was 7.1%. Small gains in employment in August offset losses in July, but the gains were concentrated in part-time work and self-employment. Gains in health care and social assistance, information, culture, and recreation, and accommodation and food services offset losses in other areas such as educational services, finance, insurance, real estate and leasing, and other services.

The real unemployment rate for young workers aged 15-24, was 19.1% in August, similar to the past three years in August and five percentage points higher than the pre-recession rate. In comparison, the real unemployment rate for workers over 25 is 8.5%, which is one percentage point higher than the pre-recession rate.

The increase in part time jobs was concentrated among young workers and women over 55. Involuntary part-time remains high at 30% among part-time workers who would like full-time work. This is compared to 25% pre-recession. The part-time rate for young workers rose to 48.3% this August, a full percentage point higher than in August 2012. The increase in part-time work among young workers explains why the average hours worked by students this summer fell to 23.7 per week, the first decline in hours worked since 2009.

Read more  – Angella MacEwen CLC Senior Economist, Canadian Labour Congress, the national voice of the labour movement,  represents 3.3 million Canadian workers.

Youth employment and job creation will be discussed at an upcoming Long Term Unemployment Conference to be held in the Gold Coast, Australia

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A national conference focusing on at risk groups for Long-Term Unemployment | Mature Age | Youth | Indigenous | Disability | Regional |

18-19 August 2014, QT Hotel Surfers Paradise

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