Unemployment rate, by age group

Note: The labour force does not include 1) full-time students currently attending school and looking for full-time jobs or 2) students that are not available to work due to attending school.

Adapted from the Statistics Canada CANSIM database (http://cansim2.statcan.gc.ca, table 282-0002), accessed January 15, 2012

Youth unemployment is the number of unemployed persons aged 15 to 24 expressed as a percentage of the number in the labour force (those working or seeking employment). In 2000, the youth unemployment rate in Canada was 12.7%1.

In 2011, the youth unemployment rate was up to 14.2%. Almost one in five (19.5%) 15 to 19 year olds were unemployed, while 10.9% of 20 to 24 year olds were unemployed. For adults aged 25 to 64 years, the unemployment rate was 6.2%.

1Statistics Canada, Labour Force Survey, 2000.