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The highlights of the report include an increase in jobs 259,000 in February 2021. Work increased at the parttime and fulltime levels. Self employed working numbers did not change and are at the same rate as they were a few months ago.
Employees working from locations other than home increased by more than 600,000 due to the reopening of schools and lessening of provincial restrictions. More good news is that the number of long-term unemployed people looking for work fell by 49,000. That is a decrease of 9.7 percent form January 2021. Retail trade jobs have increased.
Young women continue to be hit hard by unemployment with more than 14 percent looking for work. That is double the rate of young men who are also looking for work.
The increases for February employment were for jobs paying $17.50 per hour or less. That reflects the increase in retail and other low paying work.
The impact on women as a result of restrictions in the retail and food service sector remains huge. As the reports from previous months indicate the current restrictions continue to impact those who need the work the most.
The full report is available at Statistics Canada.
Having read a few article on the gig economy and the independent or gig worker – the scope covered by both terms is vast. The term gig economy refers to short term work that may or may not be paid for in terms of cash. Workers may be paid with gift cards for example. As a culture we want items faster and to be less expensive. That is where the gig economy comes in – it offers faster and less costly options, and it does so at a price.
Many gig workers are coming to work on short term assignments from lower streams of income. Another dynamic is that for many people doing gig work it is a side hustle or their only source of income. If you are wanting to make extra money on a side hustle – a gig economy may work for you. Or if you are content to be paid with gift cards that may also be of benefit.
It is difficult to live off of gift cards or low wages as a gig worker for companies that do not offer any type security. The competition for gig jobs is on the rise, and the proliferation of new apps in the marketplace requiring gig workers does not appear to be abating.
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