With unemployment at a record low in many parts of Canada, for some reason not as many teens are applying for jobs. 14-year-old Addison Taylor from Newmarket, Ontario said “I first started thinking of getting a job probably two months or three months ago,” The young grade 9 student was able to find a job quickly at a local Italian restaurant.
Teens looking for summer jobs this year will likely find it easier than ever to get one. However, youth employment took a big hit when the pandemic started, it’s rebounded completely now. The unemployment rate just hit a record low of 5.3 per cent and Canada had more than 915,000 vacant jobs in the fourth quarter of 2021.
These vacant jobs are across all kinds of sectors, including where teens are most likely to work. Statistics Canada labour market analyst Lahouaria Yssaad said “The highest number of vacancies is in accommodation and food services, … third is in retail trade.”
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