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October 2003     Vol. 4, no. 10

Earnings of immigrant workers and Canadian-born workers

Despite a massive increase in their educational attainment, recent immigrant men employed on a full-year, full-time basis saw their real earnings fall 7% on average from 1980 to 2000. During the same period, however, real earnings of Canadian-born men went up 7%.


Family income and participation in postsecondary education

Postsecondary education is no more the domain of students from well-to-do families than it was two decades ago.


Gross domestic product by industry

After five months of stagnation, gross domestic product (GDP) jumped0.6% in July, with significant gains registered across the economy. This was the largest monthly gain in GDP since April2002.


Employment Insurance

The estimated number of Canadians receiving regular Employment Insurance benefits in July rose2.1% from June to581,540, marking the sixth consecutive monthly rise.


British Columbia university graduates: Earnings over time

A new study of university graduates in British Columbia shows little support for arguments that the value of a sciences, humanities or social sciences education has declined relative to an education in applied fields. While earnings were higher in applied fields, the gap did not increase for more recent graduates.


Payroll employment, earnings and hours

Average weekly earnings of payroll employees edged down0.3% in July. The new level represents a1.0% increase from July2002.


Leading indicators

The composite leading index grew0.5% in August, equalling its revised gain in July. Manufacturing continued to weaken, notably as the workweek was reduced by the blackout in Ontario. Excluding this, the overall index rose0.8%, the largest since May2002,when both GDP and employment were growing strongly.


Consumer Price Index

The 12-month increase in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) eased to2.0% in August from2.2% in July. August's 12-month increase was well below the recent peak reached in February and was the lowest since July2002.


Construction Union Wage Rate Index

The Construction Union Wage Rate Index (including supplements) for Canada remained unchanged in August from the July level of128.0(1992=100). The Composite index increased2.3% from the August2002index.


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