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Today’s High Youth Unemployment: A Solution for Skill Shortages?

February 29, 2012

Alicia Macdonald

Julie Adès
Economist
Forecasting and Analysis

High youth unemployment and growing skill shortages are two important challenges currently facing the labour market. But why not use one problem as the basis of a solution to the other? In a labour market facing growing skill shortages, youth could become ...

How Will This Greek Tragedy End?

February 23, 2012

Glen Hodgson
Senior Vice-President and Chief Economist
Forecasting and Analysis

Greece and the European Union have finalized the details of yet another financial bailout. However, the hard truth is that the probability of Greece defaulting on its public debt obligations to domestic and external creditors, principally commercial banks ...

The U.S. Hits Its Magic Employment Number

February 17, 2012

Michael Burt
Director
Canadian Industrial Outlook

Lost in the midst of the steady drumbeat of bad news coming out of Europe in recent months, there have been some encouraging economic trends in the U.S. Manufacturing activity is making steady gains, corporate profitability is greatly improved and consumer spending has ...

All That Glitters IS Gold!

February 10, 2012

Jacqueline Palladini Jacqueline Palladini
Economist

Gold mines are sprouting up all across Canada; with gold prices pushing $2,000/troy oz, it’s no wonder! Canadian gold production is expected to almost triple by 2016 compared with 2010.1 Not only will increased gold production bring revenues to mining companies, the income will spur economic ...

Is Income Inequality a Fact of Life in the U.S. Economy?

February 06, 2012

Kip Beckman Kip Beckman
Principal Research Associate,
Economic Services

The Occupy Wall Street Movement that emerged last autumn in the United States and quickly spread around the world was, in large part, a reaction to the incredible increase in income inequality that has transpired over the past few decades. The rich ...

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