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Unemployment in Canada is not unusual. As can been seen by the top chart to the left, the current (May 2012) unemployment rate is at 7.3% and since the early 1970's the unemployment rate has spent about 80% of the time at or above the current rate. So if the CRB continues to drop as a reflection of the global slowdown, then as hewers, drawers and diggers we can expect to see Canadian unemployment remain elevated. 10% or higher unemployment would not be unusual. Now if we look at the bottom chart we can see that the crash into the March 2009 Pit of Gloom has had a profound effect. Government price control policy has failed big time. The Canadian Trade balance is in deficit and likely to remain there as credit contracts globally. Low interest rates cannot by themselves create demand, and they certainly have not helped Canadians to learn how to be more productive. Imagine if Canadians actually made stuff out of all the resources we have.
History, Charts & Curated Readings
"Progress, far from consisting in change, depends on retentiveness. When change is absolute there remains no being to improve and no direction is set for possible improvement; and when experience is not retained, as among savages, infancy is perpetual. Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." George Santayana Vol. I, Reason in Common Sense
"History, real solemn history, I cannot be interested in.... I read it a little as a duty; but it tells me nothing that does not either vex or weary me. The quarrels of popes and kings, with wars and pestilences in every page; the men all so good for nothing, and hardly any women at all - it is very tiresome." Jane Austen spoken by Catherine Morland in 'Northanger Abbey'