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March 2009 issue

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Earnings of women with and without children

Abstract: A sizeable earnings gap exists between Canadian women with children and those without. Women with children earned, on average, 12% less than women without children, and the gap increased with the number of children. Lone mothers, mothers with long career interruptions, and mothers with at least some postsecondary education experienced greater losses than married mothers, mothers with no or short career interruptions, and mothers with no more than a high school education.

The recent labour market in Canada and the United States

Abstract: Employment in Canada continued to grow for most of 2008, although at a slower pace than in 2007, with losses in the final quarter of the year. Employment in the United States, however, showed pronounced monthly declines throughout 2008. Other major labour market indicators in Canada such as the employment rate, the unemployment rate and the participation rate all outperformed their U.S. counterparts, with Canada's weakness surfacing in manufacturing employment.

Work absence rates

Abstract: Since 2000, both the incidence and the number of days lost for personal reasons have shown a rising trend. Several factors have contributed, including an aging workforce, the growing share of women in the workforce (especially those with young children), high worker stress, and more generous sick- and family-related leave benefits.

Statistics Canada Socio-economic Conference 2009

The Statistics Canada Socio-economic Conference provides an annual forum for empirical research which sheds light on economic, social, health and environmental issues. Several workshops on health issues have been organized.

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