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Employment – A Glimpse at the Present & Beyond


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According to CBC News report in July, “Canada added almost 1 million jobs in June … but are still almost 2 million down from the pre-COVID level”.

The additions reflect businesses reopening after the COVID-19 shutdown. Statistics Canada reported that despite the jobs added in May and June, “there are still 1.8 million few jobs in Canada today than there were in February”. The jobless rate “fell to 12.3 % in June, down from the record high of 13.7% it hit in May. More than half the new jobs came from Ontario and Quebec, but every province added at least a small number of jobs – Saskatchewan added 30,300 jobs”.

In April, Statistics Canada says “5.5 million Canadian jobs were negatively impacted by the pandemic, with three million jobs completely gone and another 2.5 million being reduced in terms of hours or wages in some way”. The news report identifies “some sectors are recovering faster than others”.

Tourism was among the hardest hit with all the travel restrictions. A sector representative identified “the demand is starting to come back … and things are starting to pick-up”.

The report notes COVID “disproportionately hit women’s employment, and they are not recovering as quickly as male workers are”. Some of this is due to the reality that industries coming back more quickly tend to have more male employees. Royal Banks’s Deputy Chief Economist Dawn Desjardins noted “retail, tourism, food, and accommodation have been among the slowest to rebound – those are heavily female-dominated, and we are not seeing the same degree of recovery”.

“For women who make $16 an hour or less, employment is still at less than three-quarters of what it was in February. For men in that wage group, employment has bounced back to 84% of the previous level”.
Desjardins identified “September will be a key month for the recovery, as schools theoretically reopening should take over some of the burdens that are currently being primarily carried by women.”

There are still about “10% fewer people with a job in June than had one in February before the pandemic began. Leah Nord with the Canadian Chamber of Commerce expresses cautious optimism about “the overall numbers” acknowledging both the accommodation and food services industry “faces an uphill climb to full recovery … and there is a long way to go before we return to a fully engaged workforce”.

The YWCA’s Employment and Learning Centre is here to help people find work during these challenging times. There are supports available to help with your job search documents, effective job search strategies, networking, interview skill development for those done by phone or online (Zoom), and much more.

If you are one of the many individuals looking for work, contact the YWCA Employment & Learning Centre today and receive job search assistance, individual support, and encouragement on the journey!

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