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Youth unemployment in Canada and selected OECD countries
The youth unemployment rate in Canada was 11% in 2007, higher than in countries such as Switzerland or the Netherlands (7%), but lower than in countries such as the UK, Finland, France, Sweden and Italy where the jobless rate of persons aged 15 to 24 varied between 14% and 20%, according to OECD labour force estimates.1
From an annual average of 13% between 2000 and 2005, youth unemployment in Canada fell to 11% in 2006 and 2007. At the same time, their employment rate rose by 3 percentage points from 2000; by 2007, 59.5% of Canadian youths had a job.
Youth unemployment in Canada and selected OECD countries, 2007
Among OECD countries with high youth unemployment such as France (19%) and Italy (20%), the participation rate tends to be low—37% in France and 31% in Italy, compared with 67% in Canada. On the other hand, Switzerland, where youth unemployment is 7%, has the same youth labour participation rate as Canada. The Netherlands, where youth unemployment is also 7%, has a youth participation rate of 71%.
Related to this topic:
Jobs for Youth: Canada , OECD report, June 2008.
Youth and the labour market, Perspectives on Labour and Income, Statistics Canada, November 2005.
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