Mass unemployment is a waste of people's energy and ingenuity. Imagine what the 1.8 million out-of-work Canadians could accomplish if they were mobilized to develop green energy sources or to expand mass transit and childcare services.
Canada's youth unemployment rate is hovering around 14%, and has only decreased slightly since the beginning of the economic recovery. There has also been a marked increase in the number of individuals who have been persistently unemployed. Looser entry restrictions into skilled trades would help.