Summer labour market challenging for Canadian youth

September 13, 2010

The 2010 summer labour market was a challenging time for students between the ages of 15 to 24, with an average unemployment rate of 16.8% between May and August, Statistics Canada reports. Despite an improvement from last summer, when the unemployment rate for this age group was 19.2%, it remains high compared to that of summer 2008, when the rate was 13.6%. The percentage of 20- to 24-year olds employed averaged 66.5% this summer, up from 63% in 2009. The percentage of 15- to 19-year-olds working decreased slightly this summer, from 42.8% to 42.5%. The average number of hours students worked this summer was 23.6 hours per week, among the lowest since data was first collected in 1977. Statistics Canada