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June 2003     Vol. 4, no. 6

Relationship between working while in high school and dropping out

Students who worked moderate hours at a paid job during their last year of high school were least likely to drop out of school, according to a new report. However, those who worked 30 or more hours a week during their last year of high school were the most likely to end up leaving.


Canada e-book

The Canada year book, one of the nation's top sources of information on social trends and the economy, is going online for the first time in its 136-year history.


Employment Insurance

The estimated number of Canadians (adjusted for seasonality) receiving regular Employment Insurance benefits in March moved up a slight 0.7% from February to 535,160. This was the first monthly rise in five months and was primarily due to increases in Ontario (+3.1%), Alberta (+2.3%) and British Columbia (+1.3%). Quebec remained virtually unchanged, increasing only 0.2%.


Labour Force Survey

Employment dipped 13,000 in May, the second consecutive monthly decline. A jump in the number of people entering the labour market in search of work pushed the unemployment rate up 0.3 percentage points to 7.8%.


Employer pension plans

The value of assets in employer pension plans has plunged during the past two years; at the same time, employer contributions to these plans have more than doubled, according to new data.


2001 Census topic-based tabulations (various levels of geography)

Additional topic-based tabulations for the "Education in Canada: School attendance and levels of schooling" and "Education in Canada: Major fields of study" topics are now available free on the Internet for various levels of geography.


Labour productivity, hourly compensation and unit labour cost

In spite of a slight strengthening in economic activities, business sector productivity fell a slight 0.2% in the first quarter compared with the fourth quarter of 2002. This was the third consecutive decline after six quarters in which labour productivity either increased or remained stable. This represents the longest series of declines since the recession in the early 1990s.


Rural and urban educational attainment: Patterns and trends

Educational attainment improved steadily in Canada from 1981 to 1996, but the gap between Canada's urban and rural regions persisted, according to a new analysis bulletin.


Employment services

Employment services reported operating revenues of $5.19 billion in 2001, relatively unchanged from $5.14 billion in 2000. A general slowdown in economic growth in 2001 impacted the employment services industry, which provides workers to businesses for part-time and permanent assignments. Data for 2001 show that revenues from placement services (that is, permanent staffing) were lower, while revenues from temporary staffing services grew to offset the decline.


Construction Union Wage Rate Index

The Construction Union Wage Rate Index (including supplements) for Canada increased 2.0% in May from the April level of 125.3 (1992=100). The composite index increased 2.3% from May 2002.


Public sector employment

Estimates of public sector employment and aggregate public sector wages and salaries are now available for the first quarter. Data have been revised back to 1999.


Low-income rates among immigrants

The low-income rate among the most recent immigrants to Canada almost doubled from 1980 to 1995, before easing back during the last half of the 1990s, according to a major new study that analyses data from the census.


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