Youth who typically occupy part-time and entry level jobs are finding older workers already occupy those positions
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Why young people can’t find work.

A new reports suggests there’s been a huge shift in job prospects in Canada.This is especially affecting young people who are looking for part-time work after school to help pay for current or future studies.

The investment report prepared by CIBC World Markets is called, “Why Tyler and Cloe can’t get a job”.

Economist Emanuella Enenajor is co-author of the report


The report notes that the unemployment rate for young people aged 15-18 who are looking for part-time jobs to help finance current or future education or other plans, is at a record high, at over 20%.

null CIBC economist, Emanuella Enenajor © CIBC World Markets

Such part-time jobs are typically in service industry jobs such as coffee shops, restaurants, retail sales etc. The reason in large part is because many older people are taking such jobs.  In some cases, it’s because seniors have discovered they have to seek work in order to augment dwindling savings.

The same situation often faces young people seeking entry level jobs.

As good-paying blue collar manufacturing jobs disappear, often due to globalization, workers are forced to seek one or more low-paying part-time jobs, leaving fewer opportunities for young people © Rebecca Cook-Reuters

Other situations include company downsizings, where staff might move downward in position in order to keep working.

In addition, the manufacturing sector is dwindling in Canada and middle aged workers have been laid off from higher-paying blue-collar manufacturing jobs and been forced to accept low-paid, or part-time work just to make ends meet.

It also has had an effect on new immigrants who often have to accept work below their qualifications, but as those positions are being filled by others accepting downscale positions out of necessity, opportunities for immigrants are also being pushed downward into low-paying jobs, or none at all.

The report also notes that Canada’s population is aging rapidly, behind Japan, S.Korea, and the Netherlands, but faster than the US, France, Germany, Australia and others. Untitled-3 copy

While these top six countries are ageing faster than the median, the latter two and others like Brazil, Mexico and India have populations younger than the median.

The report notes that workers and government must be aware of and plan for aging, in terms of key issues like Canada’s retirement savings programmes.

There is a positive note however as the report speculates that many countries economies should pick up in 2014 which would alleviate at least some of the present employment and savings issues

The complete CIBC World Markets investment report 

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