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Table 3
Absence rates for full-time employees by industry and sector, 2011Note 1

  IncidenceNote 2 Inactivity rateNote 3 Days lost per worker in yearNote 4
Total Illness or disability Personal or family responsibilities Total Illness or disability Personal or family responsibilities Total Illness or disability Personal or family responsibilities
% % days
All industries 8.1 5.9 2.2 3.7 3.1 0.7 9.3 7.7 1.6
Public employees 10.5 8.0 2.6 5.2 4.3 0.8 12.9 10.9 2.0
Private employees 7.3 5.2 2.1 3.3 2.7 0.6 8.2 6.7 1.5
Goods-producing 7.2 5.0 2.2 3.3 2.7 0.6 8.3 6.8 1.5
Primary 5.8 3.9 1.9 2.9 2.3 0.6 7.2 5.7 1.5
Agriculture 7.2 4.2 3.0 3.1 2.3 0.8 7.8 5.8 2.0
Other 5.4 3.8 1.6 2.8 2.3 0.6 7.1 5.7 1.4
Utilities 6.9 4.8 2.1 2.9 2.2 0.7 7.3 5.5 1.8
Construction 6.6 4.6 2.0 3.1 2.5 0.6 7.6 6.2 1.5
Manufacturing 7.9 5.6 2.4 3.6 3.0 0.6 9.1 7.5 1.5
Durable 7.8 5.4 2.4 3.4 2.8 0.6 8.6 7.1 1.5
Non-durable 8.1 5.9 2.2 3.9 3.3 0.6 9.8 8.2 1.6
Service-producing 8.4 6.1 2.3 3.9 3.2 0.7 9.7 8.0 1.7
Trade 7.0 5.0 2.0 3.1 2.6 0.6 7.9 6.4 1.4
Wholesale 6.8 4.6 2.1 2.8 2.2 0.6 7.0 5.6 1.4
Retail 7.1 5.2 1.9 3.3 2.7 0.6 8.2 6.8 1.4
Transportation and warehousing 8.4 6.4 2.0 4.9 4.3 0.7 12.3 10.6 1.7
Finance, insurance, real estate and leasing 8.2 5.8 2.3 3.4 2.8 0.6 8.5 6.9 1.6
Finance and insurance 8.4 5.9 2.4 3.5 2.8 0.6 8.7 7.1 1.6
Real estate and leasing 7.4 5.3 2.1 3.2 2.5 0.6 8.0 6.3 1.6
Professional, scientific and technical 7.0 4.4 2.6 2.3 1.7 0.6 5.8 4.3 1.5
Business, building and support services 8.8 6.7 2.0 4.1 3.4 0.6 10.1 8.6 1.6
Educational services 9.1 6.6 2.5 3.8 3.0 0.7 9.4 7.6 1.8
Health care and social assistance 10.3 8.0 2.3 5.6 4.7 0.8 14.0 11.8 2.1
Information, culture and recreation 7.5 5.6 1.9 3.4 2.9 0.6 8.6 7.2 1.4
Accommodation and food services 6.0 4.3 1.7 3.0 2.4 0.6 7.6 6.1 1.5
Other services 6.9 4.4 2.4 2.6 2.0 0.6 6.5 4.9 1.6
Public administration 11.5 8.5 3.0 5.1 4.3 0.9 12.8 10.7 2.1
Federal 14.6 10.5 4.1 6.1 5.0 1.1 15.2 12.5 2.7
Provincial 10.5 8.0 2.4 4.8 4.1 0.7 11.9 10.2 1.8
Local, other 8.5 6.3 2.2 4.2 3.5 0.7 10.5 8.8 1.7
1. Excluding maternity leave. However, men on paid paternity (in Quebec only) or parental leave are included in the calculation until 2006.
2. Absent workers divided by total.
3. Hours absent divided by hours usually worked.
4. Inactivity rate multiplied by working days in year (250).
Source: Statistics Canada, Labour Force Survey.