A new report suggests that Ontario is the second worst province in Canada for youth unemployment, but Sudbury seems to be bucking that trend.
The survey by the Canadian Center for Policy Alternatives examined years of unemployment data to look for long-term trends and discovered Ontario's rate of youth unemployment is consistently several points higher than the national average.
In Sudbury, however, it's a bit of a different story.
The study found that Sudbury is the second best city in Ontario for employing youth, behind Hamilton.
Sean Geoby, who helped write the study, said things are comparatively good for Sudbury, but it's important to keep things in perspective.
"This is not to say that youth unemployment rates in Sudbury are fantastic,” he said. “They're certainly weaker than before the onset of the recession."
Geoby noted that Sudbury's youth employment rate is still lower than that of Manitoba, Saskatchewan or Alberta.
‘Too high for our comfort’
Sudbury’s Andrew Lausch started looking for a job about six weeks ago, after finishing school. He said the process has been hard.
"When I first started, I was panicking, and I was scared. I had interviews where I panicked and ... I was just short of bailing. It got that bad."
But it looks like things are getting better for the 20-year-old. This week, he got a job.
"I found work! Yeah, I'm really excited."
Even with success stories like this one, the average youth unemployment rate in Sudbury is still a cause for concern, said Reggie Caverson, executive director for Workforce Planning for Sudbury and Manitoulin.
"Definitely it's still far too high for our comfort. We want to make sure we get as many of our youth employed as possible."
Caverson said young people still make up 40 per cent of the unemployed people in Greater Sudbury.
The report also found that only half of Ontarians between 15 and 24 years of age have paid employment.