Canadian youth struggle to find jobs

– Priscilla Popp, staff

Canada’s unemployment rate for February was released this month and revealed information on Canada’s economy.

According to Statistics Canada, Canada’s unemployment rate went down 0.2 per cent as a result of less people looking for jobs and resided at 7.4 per cent.

Canada’s youth, that is, young people looking for employment seem to be affected the most by Canada’s wavering economy.

Statistics Canada reported that the unemployment rate for people aged 15-24 is 14.7 per cent, 7.3 per cent higher than the national average.

That news comes at a particularly bad time for students, with school just weeks away from finishing up, the need for a summer job is great.

Melissa Mastroianni is a first year concurrent education student and said she already has a job. She said that where the student lives probably plays a role in how hard, or easy, it is to find somewhere to work.

When it comes to Brantford, she said, “Probably around here it’s harder to get a job with so many students.”

The unemployment rate in Brantford was 8.4 per cent last month, Statistics Canada revealed. Compared to last February, there was a one per cent decrease.

Worth noting, Brantford’s unemployment rate remains one per cent higher than the national average.

On the other hand, the U.S. economy has been making strides in recovering from their recession.

According to, in just the last month alone, 227,000 jobs were created, while the unemployment rate was 8.3 per cent.

In Brantford, there are some resources to turn to if you find yourself struggling to find a job.

Community centres such as St. Leonard’s offer employment programs for those looking for work.

Even some websites, such as, offer a job category to search under.

It’s signs like these that make a person realize that there are people out there well aware of the struggles some Canadians are facing.

For students looking for employment, that may be what brings them the most comfort in such a desperate situation.

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