Northwest Territories, Yukon and Nunavut

Employment rate in the territories above the national average

  • The Northwest Territories and Yukon have two of the highest employment rates in Canada. The employment rate in Nunavut, though lower than the rate in the other two territories, is above the national average.

  • The Northwest Territories has the highest employment rate in the country. At 10.1 percentage points above the national average, it reached a record high of 73.6% in 2007. The unemployment rate declined from 8.6% in 2001 to 5.4% in 2007 (-3.2 percentage points).

  • Although Yukon had a small employment decline from 2006 to 2007, the employment rate remained very high, as 70.1% of the people aged 15 and over were working in 2007. The unemployment rate declined from 11.4% to 5.2% (-6.2 percentage points) from 2001 to 2007.

  • In Nunavut's 10 largest communities, employment growth has remained above 10% in the last two years, and as a result, the employment rate in 2007 climbed to 64.7%, which is higher than the Canadian average. The large employment gains in Nunavut pushed the unemployment rate down from 12.5% in 2005 to 8.7% in 2007 (-3.8 percentage points).

Chart C.13
Employment rates in the Northwest Territories, Yukon and Nunavut, 2001 to 2007

Chart C.13 Employment rates in Northwest Territories, Yukon and Nunavut, 2001 to 2007

Note: The estimates for Nunavut represent the 10 largest communities; Nunavut LFS data are available only since 2004.
Source: Statistics Canada, Labour Force Survey, CANSIM table 282-0055.

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