New report shows summer student unemployment rate at 20%

August 11, 2010

According to a new survey of Canadian university students, student unemployment in June was nearly 20%, nearly double the rate reported by Statistics Canada. This is because of definitional differences, as the student survey counts students enrolled in summer school as "looking for work," while StatsCan's Labour Force Survey does not. The report says it is important for policymakers to understand that StatsCan's definition "produces results that underplay the difficulty students are actually experiencing in obtaining work." With a substantial proportion of students for whom summer work is simply not an option, the report says governments should either make some financial aid provision to relax their summer work contribution requirement for students, or do a better job of explaining to students and families choosing summer school over work that they are likely to see a sizable gap in their funding package for the following year. Read the report