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May 2010

Women's participation and economic downturns: A large proportion of husbands who lost their jobs in the recent economic downturn had a wife who was employed. Was this proportion: A. 65% or B. Over 70%?

April 2010

Labour market review 2009: Three provinces were somewhat spared the impact of the recent downturn, even making some employment gains in December 2009 compared with December 2008. Were these provinces: A. Saskatchewan, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Prince Edward Island, or B. Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Prince Edward Island?

March 2010

Minimum wage 2009: The vast majority of minimum-wage workers are women age 25 to 54 and youth. What was the share of these groups among all minimum-wage earners in 2009?

February 2010

Employer top-ups: What was the share of new mothers who received an employer top-up to their maternity leave benefits (Employment Insurance/Quebec Parental Insurance Plan) in 2008?

January 2010

The financial impact of student loans: Are student loan borrowers who complete their postsecondary education more or less likely to have a registered pension plan, compared to their non-borrower counterparts?

December 2009

Immigrant low-income rates: The role of market income and government transfers: The low-income rate has been rising among the immigrant population as a whole, but one immigrant group saw its low-income rate fall over the past quarter century. Which group is it?

November 2009

Job stability and unemployment duration in manufacturing: Are manufacturing jobs less stable in small cities or big cities?

October 2009

Changes in parental work time and earnings: What is the share of Canadian families with two parents working full year, full time?

September 2009

Health and employment: Poor physical and mental health has an adverse effect on employment, but this effect isn't the same for men and women. Is it stronger for men or women?

August 2009

Unionization: Which of the following industries in Canada is the least unionized?

July 2009

Gambling: Average government revenue from gambling per Canadian 18 and over was $528 in 2008. Which province had the highest gambling revenue per capita?

June 2009

International differences in low-paid work: Canada and Australia share many social and economic characteristics, but they have quite different shares of low-paid workers. Which of the two countries has the higher proportion of low-paid workers?

May 2009

Employment among the disabled: People with disabilities generally have a higher risk of being in low income than people without disabilities, but this risk is not the same for men and women. Is it higher for...?

April 2009

The family work week: Today two-thirds of couples with preschool children are dual-earners. What was the corresponding figure three decades ago?

March 2009

Work absences: In 2008, did men with pre-school aged children and working full time lose more or less work time than women in similar circumstances?

February 2009

Obesity on the job: More than two million Canadian workers were obese in 2005. Did the prevalence of obesity increase faster for men or women?

January 2009

Minimum wage: What was the proportion of Canadian employees earning minimum wage or less in 2008?

December 2008

Immigrants' education and required job skills: In 2006, 28% of recent immigrant men and 40% of recent immigrant women with a university degree held low-skilled jobs. What were the corresponding proportions for native-born Canadians?

November 2008

Bridge employment : What was the prevalence of bridge employment among Canadians age 50 to 69 over the 1999 to 2004 period?

October 2008

Skilled trades employment: Which trades occupations experienced the highest unemployment rates during the recession of the 1990s?

September 2008

Trends in employment and wages, 2002 to 2007: In 2007, employment increased in all major industries, except manufacturing. Which of the following industries saw the largest increase?

August 2008

Work-life balance of shift workers: In an economy that often demands 24/7 activity, shift work remains common both among men and women. Among the different types of shift work are rotating and evening shifts. Are women more likely or less likely to work rotating shifts and evening shifts?

July 2008

Canadian Forces members had higher overall earnings than civilian workers: Compared with civilian workers, Canadian Forces personnel experienced steady increases in their earnings since the late 1990s. What were the average overall earnings of CF members in 2006?

June 2008

Fathers' use of paid parental leave: As a result of changes to the federal and Quebec parental benefits programs, including an increase of parental leave benefits, the percentage of fathers who used this form of leave rose to what level in 2006?

May 2008

Life after teenage motherhood: Canada's teenage birth rate fell dramatically from 35.7 to 13.6 per 1,000 in the last two decades. But in 2004 it was still almost seven times higher than in which European country?

April 2008

Retiring together, or not: Among Canadian dual-earner couples in which the husband retired in 2001, what was the proportion where the wife had still not retired by 2005?

March 2008

Hours polarization revisited: Between 1997 and 2006, many OECD countries, including Canada, saw a decline in the proportion of workers putting in 50 or more hours a week. Which of these countries saw the biggest decline?

February 2008

RRSP investments: What proportion of families held their entire RRSP portfolio in variable-value assets (mutual funds, stocks or bonds)?

January 2008

Immigrants in the hinterlands: What is the percentage of immigrants who live in a small town or rural area?