Unemployment rate spikes

Canadians pessimistic as unemployment soars across the country

Statistics Canada reported Thursday that Canadians are losing their jobs at a rate that hasn’t been seen since the early 1980s, when a recession ripped through the economy and pushed the jobless rate to more than 13 per cent.

According to the agency, the March jobless rate nationally hit eight per cent.

It’s been a rough few months. Still haven’t heard anything about that job that was supposed to start in March. No news is bad news, I think — I suspect it means that the last meeting they had to get their request for contractors and other budgetary needs approved didn’t go well.

I’ve been applying for technical writing jobs that come up but haven’t gotten any nibbles so far. I can well imagine the number of people applying for any one of the jobs, especially since everyone and their dog thinks they can write. Bit discouraging, but I’m trying to think positively.

I had an interview yesterday for a part-time remote technical writing job with a US company. I have another two interviews (well, chats, I suppose would be more accurate) on Monday with two other people at the company. Then they’ll decide later on next week who they are hiring. I think they are interviewing four or five people total. It’s an interesting gig. The interview yesterday went pretty well so I guess I’ll just have to see.

Wish me luck. 🙂

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2 thoughts on “Unemployment rate spikes

  1. Good luck, woman. I hate it when everyone and their brother thinks they can write — because they can’t. You’d think technical writers would be in high demand these days, but it’s the first function that always seems to get cut when the economy is bad — because everyone figures they can just get Joe blow from down the hall to do it. Maybe you could diversify?

  2. Yeah, unfortunately, documentation is one area where companies think they can do without in a tough economy, so it’s probably not a good field to be in these days. Diversifying is exactly what I need to do. I’m working on that.

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