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Labour Force Survey
Employment growth resumed in June, up an estimated 35,000, following little change in April and May. Despite this gain, the national unemployment rate remained at 6.1% for the fifth consecutive month, as more people entered the labour force in June in search of work.

Payroll employment, earnings and hours
In April, the average weekly earnings of payroll employees (seasonally adjusted) increased $1.68 (+0.2%) to $765.36 from March. The year-to-date growth is 3.0%.

Investment and long-term growth in labour productivity
Investment in capital, rather than gains in worker skills or technological change, was the most important factor in the growth in labour productivity in the business sector during the past four decades.

Pension plans in Canada
After several years of growth, membership in Canada's 15,130 active registered pension plans (RPP) remained virtually unchanged in 2005. As of January 1, 2006, active RPPs covered just under 5.7 million members, up only 0.4%, or about 20,000, from the year before.

Urban economies and productivity
Canadian manufacturing plants located in urban areas are more productive when these urban areas have the right mix of labour and industries.

Labour force projections in Canada
Canada's labour force will continue growing, but the overall participation rate will fall sharply during the next quarter century in the wake of the nation's low fertility and the retirement of millions of baby boomers.

Persistence of low income among working-aged unattached individuals
People who lived alone were more likely than people in "economic families" to be in low income persistently, even when age group, visible minority status, educational attainment, work status, and work limitation status were taken into account.