Table 3 Self-employed individuals across demographic groups

  October 2008 October 2009 Change
%
All 100.0 100.0 115,100
Sex
Men 65.0 64.1 48,200
Women 35.0 35.9 66,900*
Age
15 to 24 3.4 3.3 1,200
25 to 34 14.4 13.7 -3,900
35 to 44 26.0 23.5* -38,600
45 to 54 29.5 29.9 46,500**
55 and over 26.7 29.5* 110,000*
Education level
At least one university degree 27.6 27.7 34,400
Between high school and university 40.8 40.2 31,300
High school or less 31.6 32.1 49,300**
Region of residence
Atlantic 5.0 4.9 2,700
Quebec 20.0 21.2 56,300*
Ontario 37.9 37.6 35,400
Manitoba and Saskatchewan 6.7 6.7 7,800
Alberta 13.5 12.9 -1,900
British Columbia1 16.9 16.7 14,800
Family status
Does not have a spouse 26.8 27.6 54,400**
Spouse does not work 10.6 11.5 35,800*
Spouse working - paid employee 38.8 37.7 15,500
Spouse working - self-employed 23.9 23.2 9,400
1. Includes the Northwest Territories, Yukon and Nunavut as observations from these areas constitute only a tiny fraction of the sample.
* significantly different from October 2008 at the 0.05 level;
** at the 0.10 level
Source: Statistics Canada, Labour Force Survey, not seasonally adjusted.
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