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Understanding regional differences in work hours
Workers in the Prairie provinces, as well those in Ontario, put in more working hours on average in 2004 than their counterparts in other regions of Canada.
International mobility's effects on individuals' earnings
Men who left Canada to live outside the country for a period of time had, on average, substantially higher earnings than those who never left. However, most of these differences were already apparent in their pre-move earnings patterns.
Earnings losses of displaced workers
High-seniority employees who lost their job during the 1990s as a result of firm closures and mass layoffs suffered substantial losses in earnings, even five years after they were displaced.
Research and development personnel
Researchers comprised nearly two-thirds of all personnel involved in research and development in 2004, and the overwhelming majority of them were natural science researchers.
Provincial labour productivity
Relative levels of total-economy labour productivity among most of the provinces remained fairly stable from 1997 to 2005 when these changes in provincial productivity, measured in 1997 constant dollars, are benchmarked against changes in the national average.
Depression and work impairment
Around half a million Canadian workers experience depression and most of them say the symptoms interfere with their ability to work.
Labour Force Survey
Employment increased by an estimated 62,000 in December 2006, pushing the unemployment rate back down to the 30-year low of 6.1% (-0.2 percentage points). Employment grew by 2.1% (+345,000) in 2006, the highest growth rate since 2002. This was the 14th consecutive year of employment increases in Canada.
Employer pension plans (trusteed pension funds)
The value of retirement savings of 4.6 million Canadian workers with trusteed pension plans declined during the second quarter of 2006, halting seven consecutive quarters of gains.
Payroll employment, earnings and hours
The average weekly earnings of payroll employees increased 1.0% in October 2006 from September to $756.99. This leaves the year-to-date growth in earnings at 3.1%.
An estimated 489,100 Canadians received regular Employment Insurance benefits in October 2006, down 0.8% from September and 3.6% lower from a year ago. The year-over-year drop was widespread across provinces and territories with especially significant decreases in British Columbia (-21.4%) and Alberta (-12.5%).
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