Ontario youth looking for a job may have better luck in parts of the U.S. Rust Belt or the Eurozone, according to a new report from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.

Five years after the end of the Great Recession, the province's youth have been largely shut out of the recovery, the report found, "and the province’s current youth employment strategy isn’t fast enough nor robust enough to turn things around."

Hovering around 16.9 per cent in 2012, Ontario's youth jobless rate “rivaled that of Michigan’s and was higher than Indiana, Minnesota, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin,” the CCPA said.

Supposedly economically weaker Quebec had a far lower youth jobless rate in 2012 — 13.7 per cent, the report found.

Some Ontario cities — Windsor, Oshawa, Brantford and London — have youth jobless rates above 20 per cent, “putting them on par with high youth unemployment levels in the European Union,” the report states.

The difference in unemployment rates between youth and adults in the province is the largest it’s ever been, the report found.

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  • Hamilton -- 13.2%

  • Greater Sudbury -- 13.4%

  • Kitchener-Cambridge-Waterloo -- 13.8%

  • Ottawa-Gatineau (Ontario) -- 14.6%

  • Guelph -- 14.8%

  • Thunder Bay (in 2009) -- 15.3%

  • Barrie -- 16.6%

  • St. Catharines-Niagara -- 17.8

  • Toronto -- 18.1%

  • Peterborough -- 18.4%

  • Kingston -- 18.9%

  • London -- 20.3%

  • Brantford -- 20.5%

  • Oshawa -- 21.8%

  • Windsor -- 24.7%

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  • Median Income For Women In Canada

    The following data comes from <a href="http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/130911/dq130911a-eng.htm?HPA" target="_blank">Statistics Canada's 2011 National Household Survey.</a>

  • St. Catharines -- $23,316

    Median income for men: $35,028 Average income for women: $29,775 Average income for men: $43,195

  • Charlottetown -- $24,248

    Median income for men: $30,961 Average income for women: $31,542 Average income for men: $40,965

  • Toronto -- $24,359

    Median income for men: $31,233 Average income for women: $37,015 Average income for men: $52,716

  • Montreal -- $24,361

    Median income for men: $32,887 Average income for women: $32,090 Average income for men: $44,800

  • Vancouver -- $24,551

    Median income for men: $31,704 Average income for women: $35,618 Average income for men: $50,897

  • Hamilton -- $24,761

    Median income for men: $35,666 Average income for women: $32,561 Average income for men: $45,725

  • Fredericton -- $24,990

    Median income for men: $34,527 Average income for women: $32,306 Average income for men: $44,772

  • St. John's -- $25,593

    Median income for men: $35,042 Average income for women: $33,940 Average income for men: $48,258

  • Thunder Bay -- $25,741

    Median income for men: $37,821 Average income for women: $32,830 Average income for men: $45,148

  • Winnipeg -- $25,923

    Median income for men: $35,776 Average income for women: $32,400 Average income for men: $44,342

  • Halifax -- $26,736

    Median income for men: $39,154 Average income for women: $33,398 Average income for men: $48,096

  • Quebec City -- $27,053

    Median income for men: $36,117 Average income for women: $32,334 Average income for men: $43,858

  • Victoria -- $27,324

    Median income for men: $34,235 Average income for women: $33,792 Average income for men: $42,084

  • Saskatoon -- $28,069

    Median income for men: $40,913 Average income for women: $35,426 Average income for men: $52,018

  • Edmonton -- $28,460

    Median income for men: $43,929 Average income for women: $37,100 Average income for men: $56,034

  • Calgary -- $30,516

    Median income for men: $45,781 Average income for women: $41,438 Average income for men: $68,928

  • Regina -- $31,349

    Median income for men: $42,006 Average income for women: $38,488 Average income for men: $53,324

  • Ottawa -- $33,728

    Median income for men: $46,513 Average income for women: $41,857 Average income for men: $58,318

  • Whitehorse -- $40,702

    Median income for men: $46,265 Average income for women: $45,636 Average income for men: $53,264

  • Yellowknife -- $51,951

    Median income for men: $66,153 Average income for women: $56,064 Average income for men: $73,225

  • Iqaluit -- $57,897

    Median income for men: $62,187 Average income for women: $63,456 Average income for men: $69,539

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    Average salary $44,224.00

  • 13: Farmer

    Average salary: $46,213.00

  • 12: Secretary

    Yes, apparently they still have secretaries. Average salary: $46,369.00

  • 11: Truck Driver

    Average salary: $47,562.00

  • 10: Financial advisor

    Average salary: $52,635.00 *Having some sort of certification in finance or business would likely help in this career, but isn't necessary.

  • 9: Bricklayer

    Average salary: $53,017.00

  • 8: Recruiter

    Average salary: $54,048.00 *Though a degree isn't required, you may be at a disadvantage when searching for work as a recruiter against those with degrees in human resources.

  • 7: Mechanic

    Average salary: $54,279.00

  • 6: Train driver

    Average salary: $56,640.00

  • 5: Human resources manager

    Average salary: $58,033.00 *As with recruiters, you my be at a disadvantage in this field against those with a human resources degree.

  • 4: Electrician

    Average salary: $62,526.00

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Perhaps surprisingly, Toronto comes off particularly badly in the report. The percentage of youth with a job in Canada’s largest city is 43.5, the lowest of any region in the province. Toronto also has the largest gap between youth and adult employment rates, at 21.8 per cent, the report found.

“Toronto’s low employment rate comes from the withdrawal of 15–24 year olds from the labour force,” the report concludes.

The CCPA offers two possible reasons for why Ontario now has the worst youth job climate of any province outside the Maritimes: The “national economic shift away from manufacturing towards resource extraction,” and post-recession government austerity measures.

“Ontario has Canada’s largest manufacturing sector, so the hollowing out of Canadian manufacturing most severely impacts both youth and adult employment,” the report said.

That appears to be reflected in the fact that Ontario’s manufacturing centres, such as Windsor and Oshawa, also have the province's highest youth unemployment rates.

The report also pointed a finger at a "decade of aggressive service cuts ushered in by the Harris government starting in 1995" as contributing to the problem.

The report landed the same week as Ontario launched a $195-million Youth Employment Fund meant to help young job-seekers build skills and spur the creation of new businesses.

Another $100 million will go to three other funds meant to help youth research and commercialize their business ideas, as well as to open

The Employment Fund subsidizes the cost of hiring a youth by up to $7,800, and requires employers to provide training to anyone they hire through it.

Youth interested in the program can apply through their local employment services office.