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O4AY releases Atlantic Canada NEET Youth Research Report

May 31, 2020

Opportunity For All Youth releases its regional research report focussing on NEET youth labour trends in Atlantic Canada.

This report is a combined effort of Opportunity For All Youth and the MaRS Data Catalyst teams. The research is primarily based on data  from Labour Force Survey to gain an understanding of the socio-demographic attributes and work demographics of NEET youth in the region.

“Working with very talented people on a topic that we are all so passionate about was such an enriching experience! We only scratched the surface but that only made us more excited about planning for future ethnographic research,” said Seray Pulluk, coordinator on the O4AY team.

Data obtained in the report suggests that youth in Atlantic Canada have inherited an uncertain future of work and regional economic growth that has largely lagged behind other areas of the country. Macro-economic trends such as declining GDP growth, industries growth and decline, labour market trends impact NEET youth more significantly than the overall youth population.

Here are some more highlights from the report:

  • NEET rates in all four Atlantic Canada Provinces are higher than Canadian average.
  • Youth unemployment rates are significantly higher across rural areas, compared to CMAs of Atlantic Canada.
  • The majority of NEET youth are single and are more likely to identify as male than female despite overall youth populations being a practical even split.
  • The majority of NEET youth are between 25 to 29 years old.
  • The majority of NEET youth want full-time work opportunities.
  • NEET youth have previous work experience, mostly in the construction and retail industries.
  • In Atlantic Canada, the most likely reason for NEET to leave their jobs is permanent lay-offs.
  • NEET youth spend more time in joblessness, with a third of NEET being out of work for 12 months or over.
  • NEET are least likely to leave their job for education reasons: Only 4.5% of NEET youth reported leaving work for school, compared to 44.1% of the overall youth population. This highlights a potential concern for NEET youth who may not have the ability or desire to gain new skills through education.
  • Combined with NEET youth’s lower educational attainment, this gap in pursuing education may have long term implications for NEET youth career trajectories.

Due to data limitations in a geographically sparse region, this report only scratched the surface and points the way toward further ethnographic and qualitative research.  Primary research on the ground would illuminate the NEET youth experience in the region.

Click here for the full report.

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