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May 2007
Vol. 8, no. 5

Perspectives on Labour and Income

News from The Daily

Employment services industry
The employment services industry recorded substantial growth in 2005, as employment placement and staffing agencies benefited from a strong economy in Western Canada and from a tighter labour market.

Workaholics and time perception
One out of every three Canadians identifies themselves as a workaholic, and these individuals are much more likely to be dissatisfied with the balance between their work and family time than other workers.

Labour Force Survey
There was little overall change in employment in April, after strong employment gains since September 2006. Meanwhile, the unemployment rate remained at an historic 33-year low of 6.1%.

Income inequality and redistribution
Inequality in after-tax family income has increased during the past 15 years, driven by widening differences in family market income.

Income of Canadians
The median after-tax income for Canadian families with two or more people rose 1.6% from 2004 to $56,000, after adjusting for inflation. This increase in after-tax income came on the heels of a 1.3% gain in 2004.

Immigrants to Canada
Most new immigrants are pleased to be living here and have positive views of Canada's social and political environment. However, after four years in the country, their biggest difficulties still are finding an adequate job, and dealing with the language barrier.

Payroll employment, earnings and hours
The average weekly earnings of payroll employees increased $1.06 (+0.1%) from a month earlier to $764.12 in February. The year-to-date growth is 3.1%.

Employment Insurance
An estimated 485,870 Canadians received regular Employment Insurance benefits in February, virtually unchanged from January (+0.1%).

Labour productivity
Productivity in Canadian businesses increased 0.3% between October and December, after a weak performance over the two preceding quarters. This reflected a slight slowdown in growth in gross domestic product (GDP) and a more noticeable slowdown in the growth in hours worked.

Low-income and university attendance
The gap in university attendance between youth from higher- and lower-income families is largely related to differences in academic performance at age 15 and parental influences, and to a lesser degree financial constraints.

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