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May 2005
Vol. 6, no. 5

Perspectives on Labour and Income

Looking, and looking, for work
Vincent Dubé and Claude Dionne

  • Among the long-term unemployed (more than six months) during the late 1990s and early 2000s, chances of finding a job were less for those who were social assistance beneficiaries (47% less chance), aged 56 or older (-39%), or immigrants (-21%).
  • On the other hand, during the same period, chances of finding a job were greater for long-term unemployed who were aged 16 to 25 (35% more), living in the Prairies (+35%), receiving Employment Insurance benefits (+21%), or primary household maintainers (+16%).
  • Except for being an immigrant, the factors for long-term unemployment were also observed for short-term unemployment. In addition, chances for the short-term unemployed were influenced by education level; having at least two years' labour market experience; being a woman, visible minority, or Aboriginal person; and having a disability.

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Vincent Dubé is with the Transportation Division. He can be reached at 951-7031. Claude Dionne is with Culture, Tourism and the Centre for Education Statistics Division. He can be reached at (613) 951-5043 or both at

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