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A welder works fabricating a piece of equipment at Sequoia Environmental Remediation, a leading environmental supply and service company in Calgary. A growing number of high-school students plan to pass over university in favour of trade schools, in hopes of a six-figure job in Western Canada’s booming resource sector.
A welder works fabricating a piece of equipment at Sequoia Environmental Remediation, a leading environmental supply and service company in Calgary. A growing number of high-school students plan to pass over university in favour of trade schools, in hopes of a six-figure job in Western Canada’s booming resource sector.
(TODD KOROL/REUTERS)

‘Squishy-soft’ Canada left out of U.S. jobs party

Canada’s jobs numbers for June were “shocking,” “awful any way you cut it,” or “squishy soft,” according to economists. More worrisome yet, they raise the possibility that the domestic economy can’t count on the U.S. recovery to help drive job growth.

The two countries have travelled opposing trajectories in recent months, with the U.S. economy spitting out new jobs at a robust pace while Canada has struggled to generate any momentum at all.