The unemployment rate in Canada, the most robust of all G8 economies during the current global crisis, has jumped again and again..
Welfare, jobless rates shows EI reform needed.. a majority of unemployed Canadians are not eligible for Employment Insurance, often because they work on contract or part-time or in seasonal jobs that don’t last long enough for them to qualify. The problem is particularly acute in Ontario, where only three in 10 unemployed persons qualify for Employment Insurance. The alternative to fixing Employment Insurance is to drive the jobless onto the welfare rolls (the responsibility of provinces and municipalities) or to force them to plunder their assets such as homes and retirement savings. Neither option is desirable. http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/583750
But housing starts declined to 1,395 from 2,567 in the same period, a 46 per cent drop, and new listings declined to 13,357 from 16,068, a 17 per cent fall-off. http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/article/684386
August 7 2009 – Statistics Canada reports that unemployment was unchanged at 8.6% in July as fewer people participated in the job market. However, the number of people employed fell by 45,000 across both part-time and full-time sectors. 414,000 jobs have been lost since the peak in the job market last October. Young workers (age 15-24) have been particularly hard hit with a reduction of 205,000 jobs. Quebec (-37,000) and Saskatchewan (-5000) were most affected in July.
Seasonally adjusted, unemployment rates vary from 17.1% (Newfoundland and Labrador) to 4.7% (Saskatchewan).
Rates for all the provinces were (previous month in brackets):
- Newfoundland and Labrador 17.1% (15.6%)
- Prince Edward Island 12.3% (12.2%)
- Nova Scotia 9.2% (9.3%)
- New Brunswick 9.4% (9.2%)
- Quebec 9.0% (8.8%)
- Ontario 9.3% (9.6%)
- Manitoba 5.2% (5.2%)
- Saskatchewan 4.7% (4.6%)
- Alberta 7.2% (6.8%)
- British Columbia 7.8% (8.1%)
According to Georgetti, in March 2009 only 46.8% of those who were unemployed were actually receiving EI benefits. “This is a scandal,” he said. “These workers contributed to Employment Insurance in good faith and now they are being left to fend for themselves. They will not be able to take their kids on a holiday this year or send them to summer camps, and when families don’t have money to spend the entire community feels the pinch.”
Canadian Labour Congress Chief Economist, Andrew Jackson analyzed the situation:
- “Today’s job numbers are a clear sign that, far from entering a recovery, the Canadian economy is still in free-fall.
- “While the national unemployment rate remained unchanged in July at 8.6%, this was only because 53,000 workers gave up the fruitless search for jobs and dropped out of the labour force. The participation rate fell sharply, from 67.5% to 67.2%, the largest monthly decline we have seen since the recession began.
- “We lost another 45,000 jobs in July, but the picture is much worse on closer examination. There were 79,000 fewer workers in paid jobs compared to June, while self-employment rose by 35,000. This was on top of another big jump in self-employment of 37,000 last month.
- “Put it all together and the picture is of large losses in paid jobs, with the impact on the headline unemployment rate cushioned by workers giving up the search for jobs or turning to self-employment.
- “Today’s numbers show that the impact of the recession has spread decisively to women. There were 22,000 fewer adult women (aged 25 and over) working in July compared to June, and another 31,000 adult women dropped out of the labour force.
- “The figures suggest little impact to date from the federal government’s stimulus package. We lost 18,000 construction jobs in July, bringing the total loss in this sector since October to 120,000 or 9.6%. The unemployment rate for students in July was 20.9%.”
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I can quickly sum up my political experiences in Canada.. for decades now most people in Canada seem to elect liars and alcoholics for politicians, and we have had now much too many of them elected as well.. Of course it seems natural for alcoholics to lie, they seen to often lie that it is is ok to drink alcohol in the first place, and it seems natural for many lawyers who run for political offices, and many want to be politicians to lie to get elected.. Yes most people elect liars who tell them the things they want to hear.. we all know that had Stephen Harper told the truth that Canada was going into a major depression next, he very likely would have never got elected. so he said there was going to be no election or recession, he clearly lied. After he was elected he admits Canada was facing a big recession of course, how could he deny otherwise. I openly express the truth that we should stop electing any liars and alcoholics, even in the police forces, civil and public services now too, and when it is confirmed that they are thieves, cheats, liars or alcoholics they should be immediately fired, recalled.. as simple as that too. Some professing ostrich evangelical totally deny that the professing Christians drink alcohol, they have a problem with the alcoholics rather and not me I merely reported the truth, facts, that many professing Christians drink alcohol and falsely try to justify it as well.. Alcohol does a lot of brain damages, negatively affects your ability to work, to live normal, alcohol is a major cause of car accidents, tends to destroy your family life, so of course I have no use for alcohol or alcoholics anywhere. Neither should any of us not just MADD, Mothers Against Drunk Drivers. and a bad immoral Conservatives is not better than a bad immoral Liberal, especially firstly the alcoholic ones.