Average employment growth, by urban areas, small towns and rural areas

Rural areas outperform urban areas

  • The number of people employed in urban areas in Canada rose by 2.4% in 2007, slightly higher than the rate of growth experienced outside of Canada's largest communities. However, there was a marked difference in the rate of employment growth in small towns (+1.0% increase in employment) and rural areas (+2.7%).

  • The shift towards growth in rural areas is a trend that began in 2004. Also since 2004, employment has been weak in small towns.

  • The recent decline in employment in small towns may have been the result of the closing of forestry mills, while rural areas were helped by the recovery in mining and farming. Manufacturing employment losses affected urban areas, small towns and rural areas. Construction grew faster in urban areas, while the boom in international commodity exports boosted rural employment in the primary industries and transportation.

Chart D.4
Average employment growth, by urban areas, small towns and rural areas, 2002 to 2007

Chart D.4 Average employment growth, by urban areas, small towns and rural areas, 2002 to 2007

Source: Statistics Canada, Labour Force Survey, CANSIM table 282-0099.

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