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Canadian Labour Congress calls on Ottawa to help young workers

Too many young workers unemployed, stuck in dead-end jobs, organization claims



Ottawa—The Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) is calling on the federal government to develop strategies to help provide full-time and secure work for young people.

The CLC said too many young workers are unemployed or stuck in dead-end jobs, and Ottawa needs to do more to help.

The organization’s call-to-action comes on the heels of the release of Statistics Canada’s June labour force survey.

According to StatsCan, there were 1,354,500 unemployed Canadians in June and the unemployment rate sat relatively unchanged from May at 7.2 per cent.

In the 15 to 24 age group, unemployment was more than double the national numbers, at 15.3 per cent, according to the CLC.

“Young people cannot build a future if they are unemployed or stuck in dead end or precarious work,” CLC president Ken Georgetti said in a statement. “We want Ottawa to devise a strategy that would assist in providing full-time and secure employment for them by concentrating on training and skills opportunities.”

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