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January 2007
Vol. 8, no. 1

Perspectives on Labour and Income

Canada's unemployment mosaic, 2000 to 2006
Ernest B. Akyeampong

The unemployment rate is a well-known barometer of labour-market health. The rise in the national unemployment rate in the years immediately following the high-tech meltdown has been replaced by sustained annual declines. Of course not all parts of the country have shared equally in the improvement. The article tracks the range of unemployment rates for local labour markets (the 28 census metropolitan areas [CMAs] and the 10 provincial non-CMA areas). It also looks at the relative durations of unemployment.

The Aboriginal labour force in Western Canada
Jacqueline Luffman and Deborah Sussman

By 2017, Aboriginal persons of working age (15 and older) are projected to number close to a millionabout 3.4% of the working-age population overall. With anticipated labour shortages in many areas, this growing population may constitute an important pool of workers. Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal populations in Western Canada are compared in terms of employment, occupational distribution, and skill level.

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