Students seeking summer jobs face challenging labour market

June 16, 2015

Students looking for a summer job are facing a tough market, according to data from Statistics Canada. StatsCan’s May Labour Force Survey found that unemployment for returning students aged 20–24 has increased by 1.5% compared to last year, due in large part to the closure of a number of major retailers including Target Canada, Future Shop, SmartSet, Jacob, and Black’s Photography. Roughly 30% of students work in retail and wholesale trade. Some sectors, including construction and accommodation and food services, saw gains; however, students are among those bearing the brunt of a total loss of 15,495 jobs. Globe and Mail