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Salima Jaffer, 35, has a Master’s degree in education but has struggled to find a full-time job that matches her experience and education and has had to settle for a string of contract positions in the non-profit sector. “It makes me feel a bit insecure about what the future holds,” she says. (ANDREW FRANCIS WALLACE / TORONTO STAR)

Good job prospects improving in the GTA — but only for some, report finds

While unemployment fell and more workers in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area were able to find stable jobs between 2011 and 2017, those without a university education saw no improvement in job security, according to a study of precarious work by United Way and Labour Studies and Economics professor Wayne Lewchuck.

Jun 19, 2018

The prospect of finding a good job in the GTA has improved overall since 2011 — but race, gender and a university education still determine your likelihood of landing one, a new report shows.

For racialized women, even those with a higher education failed to see an increase in secure employment — and those without a post-secondary degree continued to be the lowest paid in the region.

That, the study says, suggests the “adage that a rising tide will lift all boats proved to be false in Ontario.”

“The growth in jobs and the growth in secure employment, it was only a few groups in our society that really benefitted from that,” said McMaster labour and economics professor Wayne Lewchuk, one of the study’s lead researchers.

The GTA and Hamilton accounted for almost all of the employment growth in Ontario from 2011 to 2017, and its unemployment rate fell from 8 per cent to 6 per cent. But average weekly wages for all workers in the region only rose by 1 per cent when taking into account cost of living increases...

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