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December 2005
Vol. 6, no. 12

Perspectives on Labour and Income

News from The Daily

Labour productivity
Labour productivity in the Canadian business sector increased 0.8% in the third quarter, its fastest pace in nearly four years.

Total income of farm families
For the first time since 1990, families with relatively large farm operations relied on off-farm sources for more than half of their total income—joining the ranks of families with small- and medium-sized farms who have relied on off-farm income for the majority of their income for several years.

Impact of foreign ownership on growth in productivity
Foreign-controlled plants accounted for roughly two-thirds of labour productivity growth in Canadian manufacturing from 1980 to 1990 and the subsequent decade from 1990 to 1999.

Labour Force Survey
Spurred by full-time gains, employment increased by 31,000 in November. And the unemployment rate fell 0.2 percentage points to 6.4%, the lowest rate in over three decades.

Payroll employment, earnings and hours
The average weekly earnings of payroll employees was virtually unchanged (+$0.36) from August to September to stand at $736.62. The year-to-date annual growth rate for 2005 is 2.8%.

Employment Insurance
In September, the estimated number of Canadians receiving regular Employment Insurance benefits fell 3.0% from August to 513,020. The decrease was widespread across most provinces with only Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Nunavut and Northwest Territories showing slight increases.

Federal government employment in census metropolitan areas
Federal government employment totalled 369,300 in September, with 276,900 working in a metropolitan area. Across the country, federal government workers accounted for about 2.4% of total employment within census metropolitan areas.

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