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March 2005
Vol. 6, no. 3

Perspectives on Labour and Income

News from The Daily

Labour Force Survey
Employment edged up by an estimated 27,000 in February after three months of little change. The unemployment rate held steady at 7.0% as more people were participating in the labour force in February.

Labour productivity
In 2004, Canadian businesses recorded their worst performance in labour productivity growth in eight years as both economic activity, hit by the rising Canadian dollar, and the number of hours worked increased in tandem for a second year in a row.

The information and communications technology sector through the boom and bust years
The information and communications technology sector experienced high rates of economic growth as measured by gross domestic product (GDP) during the late-1990s. Between 1997 and 1999, GDP growth in the sector averaged 19% a year. But since 2000, GDP growth in the sector has been weak.

Occupational skill levels in rural and urban Canada
In 2001, predominantly urban regions of Canada had a higher concentration of skilled workers, such as those in the managerial and professional skill-level groups than rural regions. However, the intensity of unskilled occupations in rural regions was sizably higher than in urban regions.

Public sector employment
Relative to both population and total employment, public sector employment has been in steady decline over the past 10 years. The number of public sector employees per 1,000 of population dropped by close to 9% between 1995 and 2004.

Recent changes in the labour market
Labour demand since 2000 has been in many ways the reverse of the 1990s, shifting from high-tech to housing and resources. This new pattern of industrial growth has profound implications for the urban-rural distribution of jobs as well as the education required of workers, their occupation and even the size distribution of employers.

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