More than 250,000 Canadians are expected to lose their jobs in 2009. Are you one of them? From Maclean's magazine



    TORONTO, Jan. 8 /CNW/ - Auto workers aren't the only ones facing
uncertain futures. After 15 phenomenal years of employment creation, Canada's
job machine is seizing up. Economists say the coming storm could affect almost
every area of the Canadian market. Which jobs are most likely to get swept
away?
    Canadians got a startling glimpse of what may be in store last month,
when Statistics Canada revealed employers shed a jaw-dropping 71,000 jobs in
November, the worst monthly plunge in a quarter of a century. Since then, a
steady flow of pink slips at Canadian companies suggests that figure is almost
certain to rise-some experts say to 251,000 this year.
    Who's safe and who's at risk? What parts of the country will be hardest
hit? How can workers best protect themselves?
    Maclean's looks at the current job market, and categorizes the different
sectors:

    
    The Good: building infrastructure, green energy, information technology,
    corporate restructuring
    The Bad: retailing, mining, oil and gas, construction, media
    The Ugly: automotive, manufacturing, textiles
    

    For Canadians who are concerned about what 2009 might bring, Maclean's
presents experts' tips on how individuals can best hang on to their jobs and
ride out the storm.

    PLUS: Dude, where's my job?

    What happens when the most entitled generation ever slams into the worst
job market in 30 years? Generation Y, as those 30 and under are called, have
great expectations. Tales of their lavish demands in the workplace-good
salaries, flexible hours, birthday parties, public displays of appreciation
and lots of vacation time-abound. Internet and tech savvy, they were told they
were in-demand as replacements for soon-to-be-retiring baby boomers. But jobs
are disappearing, salaries frozen, fringe benefits cut-and those baby boomers
can't afford to retire. For those young workers lucky enough to find or keep
work in the midst of the storm, life is about to provide some eye-opening
lessons.
    Also in this week's issue of Maclean's, on newsstands Jan. 8:

    
    -  The Son Finally Rises: Rookie MP Justin Trudeau has not always been
       taken seriously, but now in Ottawa as a rookie MP, the tide may be
       turning.

    -  Legal eagles: Legal fees are soaring so high, many Canadians simply
       can't afford lawyers and are getting into DIY law.

    -  Mr. Hockey Fights On: Gordie Howe wages a bitter fight with his former
       business partners.

    -  Somali Piracy: A former Toronto cabbie is leading a Somali coast
       guard's fight against piracy on the high seas.
    

    About Maclean's

    Maclean's is Canada's only national weekly current affairs magazine.
Maclean's enlightens, engages and entertains 2.8 million readers with strong
investigative reporting and exclusive stories from leading journalists in the
fields of international affairs, social issues, national politics, business
and culture. Visit www.macleans.ca.





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