Missing the youth unemployment picture
RE: Jobless rate falls to 6.5 per cent … (May 8)
With the unemployment article stating that the rate has fallen to 6.5 per cent, no one is addressing the elephant in the room, youth unemployment, which according to a CTV report a few years back stood at over 16 per cent of youth between 16 and 24 years of age. Where is the outrage for this? I have always been told that youth drives our future, but the future does not look very promising. While our politicians drive up debt and housing affordability is now out of control, we are casting a generation into a hopeless existence, as quoted in the Spec article.
“Ontario’s youth joblessness problem isn’t simply a post-recession hangover — it’s becoming chronic,” study author Sean Geobey said. Even the jobs that are available are low-paying, part-time employment. But, hey, let’s spend all our time and money building an LRT that no one needs. Come election time, we better make sure we ask the right questions to our wannabe leaders, to make sure our youth may have a chance at a future as good as we had when we were their age. Tony Fallucco, Hamilton