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May 2006
Vol. 7, no. 5

Perspectives on Labour and Income


Screening job applicants
Ernest Akyeampong

Finding the right person for the job is the goal of every hiring decision. In most cases, a personal interview combined with a skill-specific test will be enough for both parties to see if they are compatible. However, for dangerous jobs or where public safety or security is at stake, more stringent requirements need to be met. Medical examinations, security checks, and drugs tests are three screening techniques employers use.



Unemployment since 1971

René Morissette and Feng Hou

Between 1971 and 2005, Canadas labour force became more educated in line with the increased credentials of new entrants, while the aging of the workforce shifted the experience profile upwards. However, this was not reflected in unemployment rates, which were for the most part slightly higher in 2005 than in 1971. What factors are at play? The article looks at specific age-education combinations to yield a more nuanced long-term perspective on current labour market conditions.


Retirement (update)


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