Macy’s, Sears, Payless Shoes. America’s favourite merchandise outlets melt into air. Retail here in the greater Toronto Area has been overbuilt for a while now but nobody is calling it an apocalypse quite yet. Unlike in the United States, where ‘retail apocalypse’ is a Wikipedia entry and daily reality. While retail jobs were nothing special they were readily available, especially to women and youth. Many an immigrant to North America held things together with mall employment, too.
The retail apocalypse is suburban. Cities will weather this concentrated downturn becasue they went through it 50 years ago. Their neighbours may not be so lucky
What caused the retail apocalypse?
See also: (352) Mall living
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Better wages for service industry employment in Arizona didn’t lead to economic disaster. Quite the opposite. Hiring for that sector has moved ahead of every other.
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A look at the weakened employment picture for Canadians, especially younger ones, and what it means.
Un- and under-employed: the new ‘normal’ of precarious work
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Young people are the ones who will be most affected by artificial intelligence and robotics if the electro-technological super future arrives in the workplace in the fashion expected. With that in mind, there is a new report to direct you to from the Brookfield Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship called Future-proof: Preparing Young Canadians for the Future of Work.
The report is HERE and there was a CBC News piece last week covering it that includes 6:18 of audio and other links.
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Cross country check up: will you win or lose in an Uber-style sharing economy?
cbc.ca/radio [Podcast 1:53:00]
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Major bank reports about the state of the economy are part of Canada’s information landscape and pretty much always have been. They are designed to tell us, in rationalized detail, where things are at. The reports set us up for what to expect from the major players in the country’s economic existence. This last one is a bit of a doozy, though. Most new jobs created in Canada since the 2009 recession have been part time. Last year, every single one was. Is this good?
Four pages packed with bad things about the decline in the value of work to working people in Canada. What you’ve been hearing about crap, part time gigs with low wages, it’s all true. Welcome to the new Canada.
In focus. On the quality of employment in Canada
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