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Student summer employment already looking rosier than last year

Ottawa, ON -- From May to August, Statistics Canada's Labour Force Survey collects labour market information about young people aged 15 to 24 who were attending school full time in March and who intend to return to school in the fall. The May...


Human Resources

June 10, 2011
By MRO Magazine
MRO Magazine

Ottawa, ON — From May to August, Statistics Canada’s Labour Force Survey collects labour market information about young people aged 15 to 24 who were attending school full time in March and who intend to return to school in the fall. The May 2011 survey results provide the first indicators of this summer’s job market, especially for students aged 20 to 24, as students aged 15 to 19 are not yet out of school for the summer.

The data for June, July and August will provide further insight into the summer job market. The published estimates are not seasonally adjusted, and therefore comparisons can only be made from one year to another.

The employment rate or the proportion of students aged 20 to 24 who were employed in May was 60.8%, higher than the May 2010 rate of 58.9%. It was also 4.5 percentage points higher than in May 2009 (56.3%), when students were especially affected by the labour market downturn.

The unemployment rate for the students aged 20 to 24 was 15.0% in May, down from 16.5% in May 2010.

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