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|Aboriginal peoples living off-reserve in Western Canada
Estimates from the Labour Force Survey
April 2004 - March 2005
According to the new data, labour market conditions have improved for off-reserve Aboriginal people. However, gaps still persist between the Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal population.
During the 12 months ending in March 2005, unemployment rates for Aboriginal people residing in the West were 2.5 times higher than for non-Aboriginal people, on average.
Additionally, the transition into the labour market was particularly difficult for Aboriginal youth, those aged 15 to 24.
There were a number of positive findings: