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Perspectives on Labour and Income

September 2008 issue

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Trends in employment and wages, 2002 to 2007

Abstract: In 2007, the proportion of employed people in Canada was at its highest level in at least three decades, while the national unemployment rate sank to a 33-year low of 5.8%. However, manufacturing employment in Canada, as in the United States, has been on a downward trend. Between 2002 and 2007 employment rates increased the most in the highest-paying industries and occupations. On the other hand, some job losses were experienced by machine operators and assembly workers. Retail trade had been the largest creator of new jobs but was surpassed in 2007 by construction, and health care and social assistance.


Abstract: Net revenue from government-run lotteries, video lottery terminals, casinos, and slot machines not in casinos quintupled between 1992 and 2007. Also, gambling participation and expenditure rates increased with household income.

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