TORONTO, Sept. 7, 2012 /CNW/ - Disappointing job growth in the month of
August is further evidence that the Harper government's approach to
economic development is failing Canadians, said CAW President Ken
"This Conservative model bent on tearing down our economic structures,
whether through tax cuts, looser foreign investment laws and more
unfair corporate trade deals isn't delivering prosperity for working
people, so let's explore new policies that actually work," Lewenza
"Let's quit stalling and get on with the formation a national good jobs
strategy for Canada."
Lewenza lamented the growth of more precarious part-time jobs (+46,700)
and fewer full-time jobs (-12,500) in the latest Statistics Canada
Labour Force Survey report released today, noting this trend toward
poorer quality jobs extends over decades.
Lewenza said he's particularly concerned with the poor performance of
the job market for youth. Employment among 15-24 year old workers in
August was down 72,000 compared with 12 months earlier. August also
marked one of the lowest levels on record for summer student workers.
This caused the official youth unemployment rate to jump from 14.3 to
14.8 per cent.
"Add in those underemployed and those who have given up looking, and the
true youth unemployment rate sits closer to 20 per cent. That's one in
five. That's unacceptable," Lewenza said.
SOURCE: Canadian Auto Workers Union (CAW)
For further information:
CAW Communications, Angelo DiCaro, cell, 416-606-6311 or John McClyment, cell, 416-315-3202.