With friends like these: business group calls out Tories on crappy jobs record
When your government’s main talking point is about how well you’re managing the economy, it must really hurt when a business group says it’s been “a year of lacklustre job growth in Canada.” The Canadian Chamber of Commerce has done just that with a new report titled Canada’s Labour Market Sputtered in 2013. Some key findings: Employment grew […]
The Canadian Chamber of Commerce has done just that with a new report titled Canada’s Labour Market Sputtered in 2013.
Some key findings:
- Employment grew by a “mere” 0.6%, the slowest pace recorded since 2009.
- 95% of the net jobs created were in part-time positions, raising “concerns about the quality of jobs being created. In sharp contrast, all the net new jobs created in 2012 were full-time positions. Part-time positions made up nearly one-in-five positions in 2013.”
- All the net jobs created were in the services sector.
- The number of employed Canadians of “prime working-age” (25 to 54) declined in 2013.
- The unemployment rate among Canada’s youth (15 to 24 years of age) remained above pre-recession levels, clocking in at 14.0 per cent. This is “up slightly from the rate registered 12 months earlier and is almost double the overall jobless rate.”
Our journalism is powered by readers like you.
We’re an award-winning non-profit news organization that covers topics like social and economic inequality, big business and labour, and right-wing extremism.
Help us build so we can bring to light stories that don’t get the attention they deserve from Canada’s big corporate media outlets.