Labour Force Profile of Youth

Download this chapter

This section of Progress explores the nature and extent of youth involvement in the paid labour force. It examines youth employment and unemployment, rates of full- and part-time work, job quality, and earnings.

Paid work is a major factor in young people's lives. It affects the extent to which they become independent from their parents and their ability to pursue higher education.

Most Canadian youth aged 15 to 24 are in the labour force – 68% in 2004, up from 64% in 1994. However, one of every three unemployed workers is a young person, and the youth unemployment rate is double that of adults.