Need a job? Try tourism.

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Boats and Mountains, originally uploaded by Jeffery Simpson.

With the new low in unemployment in British Columbia employers in the tourism industry are having a hard time finding people to work for them. Which means dozens of museums, paddle wheel boats and cotton candy machines may be left unattended this summer.

According to les CBCs [cbc]:

“Demographics are shifting and young people as a labour pool is shrinking. And there are many other industries going after the same people,” said Arlene Keis of Go2, an employment agency in Victoria.

“Tourism operators haven’t traditionally had to recruit. They’ve had people coming to apply 10 at a time.”

Which means that instead of getting cheap college student labour employers are going to be looking for cheap “non-traditionl” labour which includes “new immigrants, retired people and temporary foreign workers”.

Maybe we need our own protests. That’s right immigrants are stealing Canadian jobs that nobody wants anymore, where’s the anger? And where is the anger at old people? That Wal-Mart greeting job could be done by a high school drop out, but instead they give it to a retiree. Damn them.

2 Comments so far

  1. Maktaaq (unregistered) on April 10th, 2006 @ 4:14 pm

    The reason museums don’t have enough staff is not because of lack of applicants but rather lack of money to hire. I know a lot of my colleagues can’t afford to hire anyone until funding comes along.

  2. Jeffery Simpson (unregistered) on April 10th, 2006 @ 4:39 pm

    Yeah, I just threw in museums so I’d have at least one real sounding tourist attraction. Probably should have used hotels or possibly bordellos instead.

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