Month: March 2016

Do You Believe Me Now?

An Irving Shipbuilding employee works on components for the Canadian government’s Arctic offshore patrol ships at the company’s facility in Halifax. Statistics used in this blog post and this image come from the Region Of Waterloo Record newspaper.

Writing about my experiences as a part-time homeless person, someone of no fixed address for a few years and suffering from chronic unemployment is one tough sell, particularly with some people who snicker when I use phrases like “Age Of Austerity” and  “Jobless Recovery”.

I’ve been told by one family member that I write fluff pieces in this blog instead of factual analysis based on what I’ve experienced, the people I’ve talked to, the analysis I’ve done on figures released from StatsCan and constant reading of and listening to business news.

Tell me if this sounds like fluff talk to you.

The national unemployment rate for February 2016 was 7.3%, the third such increase this year.

The number of net full-time positions fell by 51,800, while less-desirable part-time jobs increased by 49,500.

Self-employed positions across Canada increased by 3,000 last month, while the net number of employee jobs fell by 5,300.

The country’s youth unemployment rate climbed to 13.3 per cent last month, from 13.0 per cent in January.

You might remember how I posted a video on YouTube stating that I did not want to move to Western Canada to search for work because I did not feel people should have to chase all over the world looking for work. My belief at the time of that recording was we address the fact the economy was anaemic, and that it needed an environment that promoted business growth that led to job creation. I was scoffed by a few who said I had a position of entitlement and that I was lazy.

It seems, as I knew I was, that was the right position for me to have. Last month, Saskatchewan was among the hardest hit provinces, losing 7,800 jobs compared to the previous month and seeing its unemployment rate climb 0.3 percentage points to 5.9 per cent. Alberta, which has suffered from the oil-price slump, saw its unemployment rate rise from 7.4 per cent to 7.9 per cent. Compared to a year earlier, employment in the province decreased 21,200 net positions or 0.9 per cent, including a drop of 56,300 full-time jobs or 2.9 per cent.

All of these figures, as with most of my blog posts, come from reliable sites such as StatsCan and various business analysis reports on both sides of the political leaning. These are not fluff writings or rants from a middle-aged white male.

These are facts. With that said, I have to ask you the following questions.

Do you feel your job is safe while you hear of people losing jobs in positions that are supposed to be secure lifelong holdings of employment?

While you stand in long cashier checkouts where only two out of the 8 or 10 registers are in full operation during peak hours, do you seriously believe companies are expanding and profiting?

During those times when you are on the phone listening to a customer service named “Mike” or “Sarah” but with a very thick Middle Eastern accent and reading from a script, do you feel Canadian jobs are staying in this country or are they being shipped out overseas in the name of keeping salaries in line?

With the mounting costs of student loan our young people must carry in the form of debt, while being told they should work for free through internships that do not guarantee employment, do you feel the next generation will do as well as the previous ones that existed in better economic times?

Do you feel we truly are in a post-recession boom?

My final question: will you listen to me now?

Thanks for reading!