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Low unemployment rate makes students leaving summer jobs, tough on some businesses

Local businesses are feeling the loss, as students head back school
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Normally, businesses have no issue shedding summer staff as they transition into the fall... Students are hired during the summer to cover for employees who are off on vacation.

According to Greg Durocher, the President and the CEO of the Cambridge Chamber of Commerce, that's usually the case, but it's a bit different this time round.

"Right now we happen to have a very low unemployment rate in the Region of Waterloo and I think it's a struggle for every business finding employees at virtually every level of skill and compensation," he says. 

With unemployment so low, businesses across the board are dealing with hiring shortages.

"I know some employers that really -- especially if students are going back to high school or going back to a local college or university --- they certainly encourage them and try to keep them on in a part-time manner if they can, especially if they were filling a full time position," he says.

Durocher says as students head back to school this September, a lot of positions will be opening up.

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