Employment: struggling young men and low-income workers

Young men and lower-paid workers remained in a precarious position at the end of last year in terms of employment due to the impacts of COVID-19.

According to the “Report 2020 of employment in Quebec: what you need to know to prepare for 2021”, released Thursday by the Institute of Quebec (IDQ), these two clienteles continued to be in a faltering position in the fall. last, women and immigrants having improved their lot after a difficult period.

“Paradoxically, labor shortages are back and now coexist with pandemic unemployment and rising long-term unemployment,” Mia Homsy, CEO of IDQ, said in a statement.

“At the dawn of the next provincial budget from which the stimulus policies will emerge, it therefore appears essential to us to take into account these new divisions which limit Quebec’s economic potential,” she added.

The IDQ puts into perspective the difficult context in which men aged 15 to 24 find themselves, their unemployment rate having “exploded” to reach 16%.

“As it is also young boys who are most at risk of dropping out in education, it is this group that could constitute the greatest economic risk, but also social, at the end of the crisis”, explained the IDQ.

Workers earning between $ 12 and $ 19.99 an hour are also to be watched, as are less educated Quebecers and the long-term unemployed.

“With the pressure already palpable from the lack of manpower in certain industries and certain regions – which could prove to be the main obstacle to the recovery and business investment – Quebec does not have the means to deprive itself of these workers, Mia Homsy said. He even has a duty to place them at the heart of his recovery. In this context, transversal measures and wall-to-wall policies, which do not take into account this new reality, are to be avoided. “

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