Canadian Labour Congress

Canadian Labour Congress

October 07, 2005 08:58 ET

Jobs: Dark Spots Persist

Attention: Assignment Editor, Business/Financial Editor, City Editor, News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor OTTAWA--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 7, 2005) - On behalf of working men and women all across the country, the Canadian Labour Congress continues to raise the alarm about the deteriorating quality of the new jobs being created. Statistics Canada's latest Labour Force Survey brings new evidence of that when it notes that "so far in 2005, self-employment has increased by 80,000 (+3.2%), while there were gains of only 38,000 (+0.4%) private sector employees and 18,000 (+0.6%) public sector workers." The self-employment job category most often includes most of the precarious work with low income.

"How can we stay silent about a job market that increasingly does not improve the quality of life of workers and their families," says Ken Georgetti, president of the Canadian Labour Congress. Georgetti points out that last month the Canadian Labour Congress' yearly report card on the quality of life of working Canadians found that 18% of workers say that their income does not meet their basic needs. The "Is Your Work Working for You?" Report Card 2005 is available on www.working4you.ca and www.canadianlabour.ca.

"It's time governments acknowledge that Canada must start creating good, secure, quality jobs with family-supporting wages," concludes Georgetti.

The unemployment numbers - Statistics Canada's Labour Force Survey reports that in September 2005, last month, the unemployment edged down to 6.7%, compared to 6.8% in August. The manufacturing sector added new losses of 8,000 jobs last month, totalling accumulated losses of over 198,000 jobs since November 2002. In September 2005, there were 1,171,800 Canadians who wanted to work but did not have a job.

Economist Pierre Laliberté's Analysis

* The unemployment rate has dropped due to a decrease in labour force participation: there was no growth in employment last month.

* The types of jobs created leaves us perplexed: an increase in people turning to self-employment is making up for the weakness in private sector job creation. And the sectors where the jobs have been created last month - notably 'other services' and 'information, culture and recreation' are not exactly harbingers of prosperity for the people employed.

* The blood letting goes on in manufacturing (200,000 job losses since 2002) and has started to affect primary industries as well, while the construction industry is showing signs of slowdown. Industries serving consumers are not rushing to hire.

* The Bank of Canada should have these considerations front and centre as they make their next interest rate decision later this month.

* Statistics Canada's report of a wage increase over the last year calls for closer scrutiny: the figures do not cover the self-employed. Thus, they cannot provide an accurate sense of what the new jobs are like.

The Canadian Labour Congress, the national voice of the labour movement, represents 3 million Canadian workers. The CLC brings together Canada's national and international unions along with the provincial and territorial federations of labour and 137 district labour councils. Web site: www.canadianlabour.ca /For further information: Pierre Laliberté, economist, 819-685-4784/ IN: ECONOMY, FINANCE, LABOUR, POLITICS, SOCIAL

Contact Information

  • Jean Wolff, Canadian Labour Congress
    Primary Phone: 613-526-7431
    Secondary Phone: 613-878-6040
    E-mail: communications@clc-ctc.ca