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September 2002     Vol. 3, no. 9

Employment services, 2000

Data for 2000 on the staffing services industry group, comprising the temporary help services and employment placement agencies industries, are now available. Staffing services establishments earned revenues of $5.8 billion in 2000. Temporary staffing services generated 69% of these revenues. The temporary staffing services industry reported that they helped 465,000 workers find temporary assignments in 2000. These workers produced 232 million billable hours for the industry.


Population of businesses with employees, second quarter 2002

There were 996,499 businesses with employees in the second quarter, up 0.28% from the first, when there were 993,708. This small increase in the number of employer businesses is explained by low variations seen in most regions. Quebec posted the strongest gain (+0.38%) followed by Ontario (+0.36%) and the Prairies (+0.31%). British Columbia recorded a gain of 0.11%; the Atlantic region fell 0.20%.


Public sector employment, second quarter 2002

Estimates of public sector employment and aggregate public sector wages and salaries for the second quarter are now available. First quarter data have been revised.


Employment Insurance, july 2002

The estimated number of Canadians (adjusted for seasonality) receiving regular Employment Insurance benefits in July was up 3.9% from June to 573,150. The largest month-to-month gains were in Manitoba and Saskatchewan. Newfoundland and Labrador was the only province or territory to show a decline. Regular benefit payments made in July totalled $809.4 million, up 20.7% from June. Initial and renewal claims received were up 27.0% to 258,300.


Employer pension plans (trusteed pension funds), first quarter 2002

Net income for trusteed pension funds rose sharply in the first quarter, in the wake of reduced losses from sales of stocks. As of March 30, 2002, net income reached $5.0 billion, up 18.4% from the fourth quarter of 2001. Losses fell to $606 million from $2.5 billion.


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