Just a short post ahead of the job numbers that come out from Statistics Canada today. Five years after the end of the last recession, and Canada's labour market is still limping along. And it seems to have taken a turn for the worse recently.
While the Conservative government crows about one million net new jobs, they conveniently forget to mention that we would need to add another 880,000 new jobs to the Canadian economy to catch up to our pre-recession employment rate.
On average, that's about 73,000 jobs per month, every month, for a whole year. This is unlikely to happen given our current job creation trends. Over the past year, we've added fewer than 7,000 jobs per month, which is only about one-tenth of what we need to put unemployed Canadians back to work.
And as we always hear, demographics matter. Here's what that chart looks like for men and women between the ages of 15 and 64.
We're short 300,000 full-time jobs for workers 15-64. In other words, in order for the employment rate of working-age Canadians to return to its pre-recession level, we need to add 300,000 full-time jobs in that age category.
That's half the number of jobs that went missing in the depth of the recession, but double where we were a year and half ago. The situation is getting worse, not better.
Another issue of growing concern is the continued high rate of long-term unemployed workers (highlighted by this week's PBO report on EI).
CANSIM Table: 282-0047
Just a few things to keep in mind when you're reading the labour market analysis, whatever the monthly numbers say.
Thank you for reading this story…
More people are reading rabble.ca than ever and unlike many news organizations, we have never put up a paywall – at rabble we’ve always believed in making our reporting and analysis free to all, while striving to make it sustainable as well. Media isn’t free to produce. rabble’s total budget is likely less than what big corporate media spend on photocopying (we kid you not!) and we do not have any major foundation, sponsor or angel investor. Our main supporters are people and organizations -- like you. This is why we need your help. You are what keep us sustainable.
rabble.ca has staked its existence on you. We live or die on community support -- your support! We get hundreds of thousands of visitors and we believe in them. We believe in you. We believe people will put in what they can for the greater good. We call that sustainable.
So what is the easy answer for us? Depend on a community of visitors who care passionately about media that amplifies the voices of people struggling for change and justice. It really is that simple. When the people who visit rabble care enough to contribute a bit then it works for everyone.
And so we’re asking you if you could make a donation, right now, to help us carry forward on our mission. Make a donation today.