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Youth Unemployment Issues

            Youth unemployment causes trouble to everyone. Some people don't care about youth unemployment. However it is a major problem in Canada caused mainly by the lack of education that the youths are receiving and the lack of jobs that are available. High unemployment amongst youth is directly related to the lack of education, training, and skills. High school dropouts are four times more likely to be unemployed as those students that have completed four or more years of college. High school graduates earned $242 more a week than high school dropouts in 1994. Minimum wage jobs may be easy to find , but they may not provide enough pay to meet your needs and they won't provide enough to support a family. Those who have completed four or more years of post-secondary education earn $300 a week more than a person with just a high school education. That is $15, 600 a year more. Three quarters of those under the age of 25 who have received unemployment insurance have no post -secondary education. Today's jobs require a higher level of education and skill , the employment prospects for these young people could continue to decline. It is predicted that all jobs created between 1990 and 2000 will require more than sixteen years of education. This number will keep on rising in the future. The unemployment rate for high school dropouts is more than double the rate for university graduates. People that enter the labour market without any extra training or post-secondary education have a tremendous chance of being unemployed. Companies are hiring the most skilled and experienced workers, letting go workers with less experience, usually youth. Youth with the least amount of experience are usually the last people that are hired. Where do you get experience and skills from; post-secondary education. The hardest hit youth group in the 1990s by far have been those with only a high school education or less. For them in 1995 there was 997, 000 less jobs than 1990, this number has been increasing dramatically.

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