StatCan Data Shows Youth Unemployment Rate Rises During COVID-19 Pandemic – .

StatCan Data Shows Youth Unemployment Rate Rises During COVID-19 Pandemic – .

HALIFAX – New data from Statistics Canada shows that while youth unemployment has increased during the COVID-19 pandemic, finding full-time work has been increasingly precarious since the 1980s.

The federal agency says men and women between the ages of 15 and 30 were less likely to have full-time jobs in 2019 compared to 1989, a period marked by an increase in part-time employment for the group. of age.

And some 40 years later, the pandemic sparked further upheaval, with the percentage of young people unemployed or in school increasing by almost four percentage points from 2019 to 2020.

The federal agency says the youth unemployment rate increased by about six percentage points between 2019 and 2020, roughly double the rate seen among seniors.

Young women and men who were not enrolled in full-time education saw their employment rates drop by about eight percentage points, while the rates for older workers fell only about four percentage points at the same time.

Pay rates have increased for younger employees, according to StatCan, but this is largely due to a reduction in low-paying jobs that were previously held by younger employees.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on July 26, 2021.

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This story was produced with the financial assistance of Facebook and the Canadian Press News Fellowship.


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