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
- 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.