In a context of severe labor shortages, long-term unemployment persists

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At the same time, Statistics Canada reported that nearly one-fifth of the unemployed are considered “long-term unemployed,” defined as workers looking for work or laid off for at least 27 weeks.

The share of long-term unemployed is up from its pre-pandemic level of 15.6 percent, he noted.

“High long-term unemployment has persisted despite the fact that many other leading labor market indicators have fully recovered to pre-pandemic levels,” Statistics Canada said.

In addition, recent data from Statistics Canada indicated nearly one million unfilled jobs in the first quarter.

The long-term unemployed, who represent a possible solution to these very tight labor markets, “constitute a diverse group”, notes the report.

According to Statistics Canada, more than half (53.4%) of the long-term unemployed are under the age of 30, “suggesting that inexperience remains a barrier for some young people trying to enter the labor market” .

Additionally, he said 29% of the long-term unemployed had a high school diploma or less.

“Education can be another factor facilitating the transition to employment,” said Statistics Canada.

“Differences in regional labor markets and mismatches between the skills of potential workers and the skills required for vacant positions can also influence a person’s ability to find employment,” the agency said.

For example, he reported that 25.3% of unemployment in Newfoundland and Labrador is classified as long-term, compared to less than 10% in PEI.

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