(Queen’s Park, ON) – This morning, Statistics Canada released the monthly Labour Force Survey which contained Ontario’s job numbers for March. Lambton—Kent—Middlesex MPP Monte McNaughton addressed the job losses.
“Last month, Ontario lost 11,200 jobs and our unemployment rate grew to 6.4%. While the public sector continues to grow, Ontario’s private sector took a big hit, losing 29,700 good, well-paying private sector jobs,” said McNaughton. “March also saw youth employment fall by 12,700 jobs. This is tough news for the leaders of tomorrow who continue to find it tough to make any real headway here in Ontario.”
Along with the disappointing employment numbers, McNaughton pointed to a recent report issued by University of British Columbia professor Paul Kershaw and Generation Squeeze which says that Ontario has the second-worst economy for young people in the county and that overall quality of life is slipping for people younger than 45 in the GTA and all across Ontario.
“Professor Kershaw’s report states that since the late 70s and early 80s, full-time earnings have fallen by $4600 putting Ontario’s young people below the national average when it comes to income for full-time work. And it’s not only Ontario’s youth. Between: 2001-2015 wages grew less in Ontario than they did throughout the rest of Canada,” said McNaughton. “Lackluster wage growth is part of the reason why the average Ontario resident is now poorer than the average Canadian.”
McNaughton highlighted other issues facing young workers in Ontario including the problem of thousands of young workers returning to Ontario from the West in search of jobs in the trades, only to find that their hard-earned credentials and qualifications received in Alberta are not recognized here in their home province.
“This is an opportunity for Ontario’s economy that I’ve been raising for years. It is long overdue. It’s clear that life is harder with the Liberals.”