Miss­ing the youth un­em­ploy­ment pic­ture

The Hamilton Spectator - - OPINION -

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

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