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    Rural and Small Town Canada Analysis Bulletin

    Employment shifts in natural resource sectors: A focus on rural value chains

    Employment shifts in natural resource sectors:
    A focus on rural value chains

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    By Alessandro Alasia and David James Hardie, Statistics Canada

    Highlights

    • Employment in natural resource sectors (including closely-related sectors in the value chain of each natural resource sector) represented 13% of Canada's total employment in 2001, down from 14% in 1991.
    • Employment in natural resource sectors and their related value chains represented a relatively higher share of total employment in predominantly rural regions (22%) in 2001, compared to predominantly urban regions (8%).
    • However, the share of workers in predominantly rural regions employed in each of the natural resource sectors (agriculture, fishery, forestry, mining and energy) declined from 1991 to 2001.
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