Durham Youth Survey

Oshawa – When the Durham Workforce Authority produced its annual labour market plan, the youth unemployment numbers for Durham Region were staggering.

‘We fully expected that our youth unemployment numbers would fall in line with trends found in Toronto and the province.” Said DWA Executive Director Heather McMillan, “It was shocking to discover that youth unemployment for three months – October to December 2012 – were a steady increase; seeing the most increase at 4.5 times that of all other unemployment.

The net effect of youth unemployment in Durham results in wasted capacity. The unemployment rate for individuals aged 15 to 24, Oshawa CMA in December 2012, was a startling 23 per cent, the overall unemployment rate for the same CMA was 6.2 per cent. Toronto’s youth unemployment was slightly better at 15 per cent.

To ensure Durham’s prosperity and curb out-migration of prime working populations, initiatives must be explored to increase labour market attachment of Durham’s youth population.  The DWA in its consultation with local youth organizations discovered a need to undertake a survey of Durham youth to better understand their programming needs.

The survey is currently live and the DWA will be attending community events to reach out to youth to participate in the survey.  Also, the survey will be available on line, to participate in the survey, go to: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/durhamyouthsurvey

“The DWA and its community partners want to ensure that we address our youth unemployment issue, and the first step in understanding is to seek feedback from our youth.  The survey results will be shared widely and be used to make future programming recommendations.” Said McMillan.