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The kids aren't all right

CBC News

On the heels of an Ontario election campaign that was dominated by fuzzy math in jobs numbers, a think-tank made headlines this week with some eye-popping numbers of its own.

The Broadbent Institute says private industry and government need to do more to create jobs for young people, the only demographic group that hasn't recovered all the jobs lost in the recession.

Economist Rick Smith told Amanda Lang this week that "Canada's approach to youth unemployment at the moment is not working."

"In fact youth unemployment in our country right now is worse than it was pre-recession," he said.

Smith is calling on government and the private sector to each pitch $670 million into a fund that will give young workers a kickstart to their careers by creating 200,000 temporary gigs for 12 weeks.