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May 2006
Vol. 7, no. 5

Perspectives on Labour and Income

News from The Daily

Science and engineering employment in Canadian and US metropolitan centres
Based on the strength of their science and engineering work forces, Canadian cities have the same innovative capacity as US cities, with Ottawa, Calgary and Toronto leading the way.

The West Coast boom
While several factors have fuelled widespread economic growth in British Columbia since 2001, the boom is quickly creating shortages, notably for labour. The stronger economy has already driven the unemployment rate in British Columbia to a record low.

Family income and the well-being of children
Regardless of the child's age or how household income is measured, higher income tends to be related to better physical, social/emotional, cognitive and behavioural well-being among children.

Hours worked and labour productivity in the provinces and territories
The increase in the number of hours worked in Canada slowed to 0.8% in 2005, down from 2.9% in 2004 and 1.5% in 2003. Accompanied by a sizable increase in gross domestic product (GDP), this slowdown in the number of hours worked generated a robust 2.2% gain in labour productivity for the total economy.

Labour Force Survey
Employment rose by an estimated 22,000 in April. At the same time, the unemployment rate edged up to 6.4% (+0.1 percentage points), still hovering around a 30-year low.

Science and engineering employment in Canada and the United States
Although Canada may lag behind the United States in terms of domestic expenditures on research and development, proportionally, scientists and engineers are just as prevalent here as they are south of the border.

Students in the labour market
Over the last eight years, employers have increasingly turned to students to find the workers they need. During the 2004-2005 school year, 939,000 full-time students, or close to four out of every ten (38.9%) full-time students between the ages of 15 and 24, were combining school and work. This is an increase of seven percentage points over the 1997-1998 school year.

Low wage and low income
About 5.5% of Canadians who were not in low income in 1993 fell into it by 1994. By 1998, the proportion of those entering low income dropped below 4%.

The dynamics of overqualification
About one out of every five people in the work force who had a university education was overqualified for their job at some point during 2001. That is, they had worked in a job that required at most high school education.

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