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Payroll employment from October 2008 to June 2009

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Non-farm payroll employment dropped by 442,600 (-3%) in June 2009 from its peak in October 2008. Job losses were widespread across major industries. The biggest decline hit manufacturing (-10.6%) and construction (-7.4%).  Net job losses among workers in manufacturing and construction totalled 174,300 and 62,650 respectively.

Chart - Payroll employment change in selected industries, from October 2008 to June 2009

Payroll employment change in selected industries, from October 2008 to June 2009

Source: Statistics Canada, Survey of Employment, Payrolls and Hours, seasonally adjusted data.

Four industry sectors were spared the effects of the economic downturn: health care and social assistance, education, arts and entertainment, and public administration added a total of 58,800 jobs in June, compared with October 2008. The majority of these jobs (57%) were in health care and social assistance, an industry where 82% of workers are women.

While the goods sector accounts for only 20% of payroll employment, its share of total job losses amounted to 63%.

Table - Payroll employment change in selected industries, from October 2008 to June 2009

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