TORONTO, May 10, 2013 /CNW/ - CAW President Ken Lewenza is raising
concerns that new jobs created are having no impact on tackling
chronically high youth employment. Lewenza is responding to the latest
Statistics Canada Labour Force Survey results, which saw the addition
of 12,500 new jobs in April, but a jump in youth unemployment to 14.5
per cent, with the overall unemployment rate remaining the same.
"Government should not allow the economy to limp along at this pace
indefinitely - it is a terrible growth and jobs strategy. Persistently
high unemployment in many parts of the country, particularly among
young people requires action on the part of government and industry,"
"In failing to address the problem of high youth unemployment, we're
turning our back on young people struggling to find jobs, pay for ever
escalating tuition costs and just get by," said Lewenza.
Lewenza said that governments at all levels must address the problem
head on and work to implement extensive youth employment plans that
focus on good quality, full-time jobs - with targets and measurable
Lewenza also raised concern that the first four months of the year has
seen a net loss of approximately 13,000 jobs. He said though that he is
heartened though by the increase in manufacturing jobs last month to
the tune of 20,600 new jobs and expressed hope that the upward trend in
manufacturing will continue.
SOURCE: Canadian Auto Workers Union (CAW)
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