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September 2005
Vol. 6, no. 9

Perspectives on Labour and Income

News from The Daily

OECD Regions at a Glance
About three-quarters of Canadian job growth was concentrated in 10% of Canada's 288 census divisions between 1996 and 2001.

Labour Force Survey
Employment increased by 28,000 in August, the result of gains in full-time work. This brings the increase in employment over the past 12 months to 234,000 (+1.5%). The unemployment rate remained unchanged from July at 6.8%.

Chronic unemployment
Two small groups of unemployed individuals were responsible for a disproportionate share of unemployed weeks in Canada between 1993 and 2001. In fact, just 15% of unemployed people accounted for 41% of all unemployment, the study found. One of the groups was comprised of individuals who were unemployed during their entire time in the labour force (the always unemployed). The second consisted of the chronically unemployed. People in this group spent between 48% and 99% of their time in the labour force in unemployment.

Payroll employment, earnings and hours
The average weekly earnings of payroll employees increased by $8.13 from May to June to $732.64.

Public sector employment
In the second quarter of 2005, employment in Canada's public sector (covering all levels of general government, school boards, colleges, universities, health and social service institutions and Crown corporations) surpassed the three million mark for the first time in nearly nine years.

Employment Insurance
The number of Canadians receiving regular Employment Insurance benefits in June rose by an estimated 1.7% compared with May. This rise was due to increases in most provinces east of Manitoba and was led by Quebec (+4.0%).

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