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Work absences: Work absence rates, 1997 to 2005

Estimates from the Labour Force Survey reveal a steady rising trend in both work absence incidence and time lost for personal reasons (own illness or disability, and other personal and family demands) between 1997 and 2002, a stabilization between 2002 and 2004, and a significant jump in 2005.

Several factors accounted for the rising trend: notably, the aging of the workforce; the growing share of women in the workforce, especially mothers with young children; high stress among workers; and the increasing prevalence of generous sick and family-related leave at the workplace.

Work absence rates, 1997 to 2005

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Work absence rates, 1997 to 2005

Source: Fact sheet on work absences: PDF

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