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May 2003     Vol. 4, no. 5

Employment Insurance

The estimated number of Canadians (adjusted for seasonality) receiving regular Employment Insurance benefits in February moved up a slight 0.3% from January to 531,280. This was the first monthly rise since October and was primarily the result of increases in Ontario (+1.5%), Quebec (+0.6%) and Nova Scotia (+0.6%). These gains were partly offset by decreases in Prince Edward Island (-2.8%) and Alberta (-2.2%).


Employment, earnings and hours

Average weekly earnings for all employees in February were estimated at $687.37, virtually unchanged from January ($686.46).


Help-wanted Index

The Help-wanted Index remained virtually unchanged in April, decreasing only 0.1% from March. Fluctuations were small in all provinces, rising or falling by less than 1%. The Index has been in decline since June 2002.


Construction Union Wage Rate Index

The Construction Union Wage Rate Index (including supplements) for Canada remained unchanged in March compared with the February level of 125.3 (1992=100). The Composite index increased 2.9% from March 2002.


Labour Force Survey

Employment edged down 19,000 in April, pushing the unemployment rate up 0.2 percentage points to 7.5%. Job gains over the first four months of 2003 total 49,000 (+0.3%), much lower than the increase of 216,000 (+1.4%) in the same period of 2002.


Census of Population: Income of individuals, families and households

The eighth and last round of data from the 2001 Census of Population provides an analysis of changes in the income of families from 1990 to 2000.


Insights on the New Economy: Information and communications technology and science-based industries

Information and communications technology (ICT) industries have dynamic output, employment and productivity characteristics, but they are not the only source of growth in Canada's high-tech economy, according to a new study.


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