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ERIC Number: ED615893
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2021-May
Pages: 17
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-2291-0840
Gendered Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the Proportion of Youth Neither in Employment nor Education at the Start of the School Year. Insights on Canadian Society
Wall, Katherine
Statistics Canada
When the first wave of COVID-19 pandemic hit Canada in March 2020, Canadian youth and young people experienced major disruptions in their typical routines. The halt of in-person learning, the disappearance of jobs particularly among youth, and the resulting social isolation took a toll on their mental health. Over 6 in 10 people aged 15 to 34 experienced a worsening of their mental health, as self-reported in April-May 2020, more so than any other age group. Previous research has shown that youth not in employment, education or training -- known as NEET -- are considered at risk of long-term economic and social difficulties. This risk grows if the situation persists, as NEET youth become more discouraged, disengaged and socially excluded. This report examines the period of September to October 2020, which signalled the beginning of new school year and also the start of the second wave of COVID-19 in Canada. It illuminates the decisions that youth (and, in the case of secondary students, their parents) made about their schooling, and how the combination of these possibly difficult decisions, with the unprecedented drops in youth employment, affected the proportion of youth who were NEET. Knowing and understanding patterns in the youth NEET rate during the pandemic, particularly in light of possible physical re-entry into schools, can shed light on the possible long term economic and social wellbeing implications for this generation for years to come. [This study was funded by Women and Gender Equality Canada (WAGE).]
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: Statistics Canada
Identifiers - Location: Canada
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