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July 2003     Vol. 4, no. 7

Family income

After-tax family income rose for the fifth straight year in2001, the result mainly of higher government transfers and lower personal income taxes. The number of families in low income declined slightly, as it has every year since1996.


Demographic statistics

Preliminary postcensal population estimates as of April1are now available for Canada, the provinces and the territories.Note: These estimates are based on the1996Census counts adjusted for net undercoverage and do not take into account the population counts determined by the2001Census, which were released on March12,2002.


Payroll employment, earnings and hours

In April, average weekly earnings for all employees were estimated at$687.17, up slightly from March ($686.15).This represents a1.3% increase from April2002. The provinces with the strongest year-over-year earnings growth were Newfoundland and Labrador (+3.5%), New Brunswick (+2.8%) and Quebec (+2.2%). Ontario (+1.0%) and Alberta (+0.6%) showed moderate earnings growth in the past year.


Part-time work and family-friendly practices

The report Part-time work and family-friendly practices in Canadian workplaces, based on data from the1999Workplace and Employee Survey (WES), examines two human resource practices that can make it easier for employees to harmonize life at work with their family responsibilities.


Employment Insurance

The estimated number of Canadians (adjusted for seasonality) receiving regular Employment Insurance benefits in April increased1.3% from March to543,430. This was the third consecutive monthly rise and was primarily due to increases in Ontario (+3.1%), British Columbia (+2.9%), Alberta (+2.3%) and Saskatchewan (+2.1%). The rise in Quebec (+0.9%) was slightly lower than the national increase, while Manitoba, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador recorded declines.


Small and medium-sized enterprises financing in Canada

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Canada appeared to exercise more caution when it came to requesting various types of financing in2001, which may be attributable to the economic slowdown- gross domestic product increased only1.5% in2001, less than half its pace in each of the previous four years.


Personal services industry

Data for the personal services industry, which provides personal care, funeral, laundry and other personal services, are now available for2001. They provide information such as the industry's revenue, expenses, salaries and wages, profit margin, percentage distribution of revenue by type of service, and client base.


Survey of Family Expenditures, reweighted public use microdata file

The reweighted microdata file for the1996Survey of Family Expenditure, now available, includes updated survey weights based on the1996Census population projections.


Total income of farm families

Average total income of farm families recorded its largest gain in10years, according to analysis of data from personal income tax returns.


Multifactor productivity

Multifactor productivity growth in the business sector, a comprehensive measure of production efficiency, rebounded sharply in2002, in the wake of a surge in economic growth.


Labour Force Survey

Spurred by a large gain in part-time jobs, employment jumped by49,000in June, following slight declines in the previous two months. The unemployment rate edged down0.1percentage points to7.7% in June


Workplace and Employee Survey

Data from the2001Workplace and Employee Survey are now available. These data provide detailed information on workplaces and employees within these workplaces.


Construction Union Wage Rate Index

The Construction Union Wage Rate Index (including supplements) for Canada remained unchanged in June compared with the May level of127.8(1992=100). The composite index increased2.3% compared with June2002.


Farm operators' total income

For a second consecutive year, farm operators saw a substantial increase in their average total income in2001, according to analysis of data from personal income tax returns.


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