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June 2007
Vol. 8, no. 6

Perspectives on Labour and Income

Trends and seasonality in absenteeism
Ernest B. Akyeampong

  • The weekly number of employees missing work because of an illness or disability increased from 431,000 in 1997 to 758,000 in 2006-from 3.8% to 5.4% of total employees.
  • Full-week absences increased by about one-third, but part-week absences more than doubled between 1997 and 2006.
  • Illness-related absences peak in the winter months (December to February). Most of the peak is due to part-week absences.

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Ernest B. Akyeampong retired from the Labour and Household Surveys Analysis Division. For further information, contact Henry Pold at 613-951-4608 or at

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