Employment Statistics Show National Good Jobs Summit Needed, CAW Says

July 7, 2012, 7:40 PM EST

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Despite some slight gains on the jobs front, monthly job statistics for June reveal continuing cause for concern with fewer Canadians choosing to look for work, CAW President Ken Lewenza says.

Lewenza was reacting to Statistics Canada's Labour Force Survey (LFS) released today, which showed little change for June with the unemployment rate nudging down 0.1 per cent to 7.2 per cent overall. The Statistics Canada survey shows fewer people were looking for work last month.

While there were job gains in health care, educational services, building and other support services, the survey also shows declines in information, culture, recreation and agriculture. It reveals a decline in manufacturing jobs from the previous month.

Private sector employment was also down and youth employment continues to be a concern, said Lewenza.

"Our elected representatives need to take proactive steps to create more jobs throughout the economy and they especially need to focus on the creation of good full-time jobs for young people," Lewenza said.

The June's LFS shows that the unemployment rate among youth aged 15 to 24 rose 0.5 per cent to 14.8 per cent in June. Further, the unemployment rate among students looking for summer work was 13 per cent in June, up from 11 per cent a year earlier.

Lewenza again called for a national good jobs summit with the involvement of stakeholders from across the Canadian economy. He stressed that the massive structural changes in the Canadian labour market have meant the loss of more than half a million good paying manufacturing and processing jobs in the last seven years.

"We need to work together to create good full time jobs that will support families and ensure the continued growth of our communities," Lewenza said.

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