With it being Labour Day today, workers across Canada are enjoying an extra day off of work. And it’s not quite the same as any other holiday. In fact, today is the day that is specifically designated to reward employees with some time off for the very reason that they work.
According to Wikipedia: “Labour Day or Labor Day is an annual holiday to celebrate the economic and social achievements of workers. Labour Day has its origins in the labour union movement, specifically the eight-hour day movement, which advocated eight hours for work, eight hours for recreation, and eight hours for rest.”
Meanwhile, there are many citizens across Canada who likely wish that they had jobs that they could take days off from. Those who are currently unemployed and still looking for work are probably thinking that they have had enough days off of work this Labour Day. Thankfully, there is good news for the unemployed this long weekend.
Just before the weekend, QMI Agency reported that hiring intentions across the country are the highest they have ever been! A recent Conference Board of Canada report has found that the measure of employers planning to bring in new staff had risen by eight points to 127.3 in the month of July.
This all-time high, writes QMI, was achieved by gains in both June and July which actually offset the job losses in the spring. At this time, the index stands at over 27 more points than it did in December 2010. Evidently, there will be significant employment gains throughout Canada in the upcoming months.
Alberta posted Canada’s largest gains by posting an increase of 17.8 points. Quebec, posted the nation’s smallest gains with only a 0.9 point jump. Meanwhile, the U.S. Department of Labor reports that the United States has had its job creation practically stop altogether this summer.
Canada has long been known as one of the world’s most successful countries in overcoming the recession. This latest piece of positive news speaks to the nation’s ability to bounce back from the economic crisis. Especially with summer drawing to a close and the holiday season coming around the corner before you know it, job creation has never been more important.