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Canadian Megatrends: Canadian youth and full-time work: A slower transition

Released: 2017-05-31

The Canadian labour force has changed significantly since the end of the Second World War. Nowhere is this more evident than among the youngest workers, 15- to-24-year-olds.

The May 2017 edition of Canadian Megatrends, "Canadian youth and full-time work: A slower transition," takes a look at Canada's youngest workers, including whether they are looking for work and how successful they are in their job search. It is all part of a broader study of the workforce from 1946 to 2015, examining labour force participation, unemployment, work status (part time/full time) and real wages.

Youth participation in the workforce has varied remarkably over time, as a result of many factors, including the entry of baby boomers into the labour market, changes in the school-leaving age, the rising prevalence of higher education, the shift from goods-producing work to service-sector jobs, and the increasing presence of young women in the workforce.

The changes have resulted in dynamic ebbs and flows in the job prospects of Canada's young people over 70 years.

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The May 2017 edition of Canadian Megatrends, "Canadian youth and full-time work: A slower transition," is now available.

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