Thank you, Chair.
Thank you to our witnesses.
I'm holding the Canadian Chamber of Commerce's labour market report, studying the labour market report from 2013. It cites that employment growth in general across Canada during that year was 0.6%, the slowest pace since 2009; that 95% of those jobs created were in part-time positions; and that employment gains were concentrated among men and women aged 55 and over. That's the chamber's report from just this past year. Of all those jobs that were created, 70% were created in one province.
So when we talk about the youth unemployment scene, it seems to me that we're doing it a disservice when we talk about it across the country as if it were one homogenous labour market. Of course it's not, we recognize that.
I want to talk about barriers to mobility. There has been some inference—I think by some—that there's an unwillingness, or just a distastefulness from some youth towards either moving, or moving into certain job sectors. I represent a rural part of the country that has ups and downs as natural resource markets do. The barriers to that mobility are what I want to ask our witnesses about today, because I don't think it serves any purpose to say that youth just have a bad attitude and they don't want to move. I doubt that not having the right attitude is exactly the problem.
Mr. Antunes, if you could start us off, what would you cite as the one or two leading barriers to that mobility that exist right now structurally within our economy for young people.