What follow is a guest blog post from Glenn Burley:
If Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and professional fields like medicine, law, and dentistry are the so-called golden ticket to a good job in today’s labour market, what does that say about the current and future health of our economy?
The myth of . . . → Read More: The Progressive Economics Forum: The Myth of STEM Degrees: STEM as the Canary in the Coal Mine
Rise of the ‘precariat,’ the global scourge of precarious jobs Barely one in four of the global workforce has a stable job, UN reports
By Brian Stewart, CBC News Posted: Jun 01, 2015 5:00 AM ET Last Updated: Jun 01, 2015 8:36 AM ET
Back in the 7-‘s, when i . . . → Read More: Left Over: The Fundamental(ist) Reasons for It All…..
Here is the link to a short study I have done for the Broadbent Institute on the Harper Record on Jobs from 2006 to 2014 based on annual averages from the Labour Force Survey.
Coverage in today’s Toronto Star is here.
The basic findings, that there is still a lot of slack in the job . . . → Read More: The Progressive Economics Forum: The Harper Record on Jobs, 2006 to 2014
Jason Kenney has been promoted to Minister of National Defence, and Pierre Poilievre has been tapped to replace him at Employment and Social Development Canada.
Sigh. It seems like such a short time ago that I railed against Jason Kenney’s first tweet as Minister of ESDC. At least Kenney’s tweet had something to do with . . . → Read More: The Progressive Economics Forum: Poilievre promoted to employment minister
This guest blog post has been written by Louis-Philippe Rochon.
You can follow him on Twitter @Lprochon
Harper’s recent incarnation as an anti-terrorist crusader has caught many Canadians by surprise. Harper is spending considerable political energy beating the drums of war against terrorists, and introducing a far-reaching, and much condemned, bill aimed at restricting . . . → Read More: The Progressive Economics Forum: ROCHON: Harper in closet over the economy as Canada heads toward another recession
In a recent CBC blog post, Louis-Philippe Rochon assesses the current state of the Canadian economy.
The link to the blog post is here.
Follow him on Twitter @Lprochon.
Over at the blog of the Institute for New Economic Thinking, Ottawa U professor Mario Seccareccia has given an interview titled “Greece Shows the Limits of Austerity in the Eurozone. What Now?”
The interview can be read here.
Louis-Philippe Rochon—who now blogs for CBC—argues that almost nobody had been expecting the Bank of Canada’s recent decision to lower the rate of interest.
His post can be found here.
Follow him on Twitter @Lprochon.
About half the young Canadians I know are either unemployed or have lousy low paying jobs.Jobs with no guaranteed hours, no job security, no benefits, no nothing.They are exploited like slaves in their own country, and are struggling to survive.So you can imagine how I feel about Stephen Poloz's idiot idea. Read more »
. . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Bank of Canada Governor and the Young Canadian Slaves
Last week my Unifor colleague Jordan Brennan and I published a study through the CCPA Ontario office examining the historical empirical evidence regarding the link between changes in minimum wages and employment outcomes. We find there is no robust evidence in Canadian historical data that increases in real minimum wages cause either lower employment or . . . → Read More: The Progressive Economics Forum: Minimum Wages and Employment Outcomes
Just a short post ahead of the job numbers that come out from Statistics Canada tomorrow. We still have so much ground to make up. Five years after the end of the last recession, and Canada’s labour market is still just limping along. And it seems to have taken a turn for the worse recently.
. . . → Read More: The Progressive Economics Forum: Labour market musings
Here’s a familiar trope: immigrants are industrious and hard-working. Here’s another, opposite trope: First Nations are idle and lazy. And here’s a graph that beautifully calls into question this neat pair of stereotypes.
Source: Angella McEwen, Progressive Economics Forum.
It turns out that off-reserve First Nations workers and recent immigrants face the same unemployment . . . → Read More: Political Eh-conomy: Industrious immigrant vs idle Indigenous meets reality
Youth unemployment reaches record high – English – ANSA.it.
(ANSA) – Rome, July 31 – Unemployment among young Italians climbed last month to 43.7%, a level not seen in 37 years, according to statistics Thursday that presented further evidence of the continuing weakness in the country’s lackluster economy.
The jobless rate among Italians aged 15 . . . → Read More: Parchment in the Fire: Youth unemployment reaches record high – English – ANSA.it
There’s always been a worldwide pool of skilled and unskilled employees like these fellows for jobs in North America – immigration. Below: Employment Minister Jason Kenney and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander.
Canadians are within their rights to be highly skeptical of the long list of changes to the Harper Government’s Temporary Foreign Workers . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Three reasons why Ottawa’s Temporary Foreign Workers Program ‘reforms’ likely mean little
The number of job vacancies recorded by Statistics Canada are at a four year low (job vacancy data collection began in January 2011). The number of unemployed persons has changed very little, and so we have a relatively high number of unemployed persons per job vacancy.
Even though the data is not seasonally adjusted, you . . . → Read More: The Progressive Economics Forum: Job Vacancies Falling