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Posts by Tony Bonen

COVID-19 Job Losses Concentrated Among the Lowest Earners

Employment fell by a further 1,993,800 (11%) in April, bringing total job losses to more than 3 million over the past two months. The official unemployment rate now stands at 13.0%, up from 7.8% in March. The job losses in March and April both far exceed the previous largest drop in employment recorded in the…Read More

Early Signs of the COVID-19 Impact on Canada’s Job Market

Employment fell by 1,010,700 in March in Canada – the largest drop on record –and the unemployment rate jumped to 7.8% from 5.6% in February. So say the first official statistics covering the onset of the COVID-19 crisis (see Figure 1), released today as part of the Labour Force Survey (LFS). Although these early indicators…Read More

Going Global with Big Data

Across the world, skills are one of the biggest data gaps in labour market information (LMI). In addition to being difficult to identify and measure, skills are not clearly defined. As we noted in a recent LMI Insight report, these skills data gaps can only be meaningfully filled if skills are linked to existing labour market data such as occupations.…Read More

Labour Market Information Needs of Sociodemographic Groups

We asked over 15,000 Canadians about how they use labour market information and what they find lacking in the current system. These results are now published on our new pan-Canadian dashboard featuring the key labour market information needs by age group, urban/rural location, and gender. Exploring the results within these three main sociodemographic groups reveals some interesting findings. First,…Read More

Amplifying the Impact of Data

Last week I had the pleasure of speaking at the Hot Topics Luncheon at Amplify 2019, an annual conference hosted by FirstWork, Ontario’s Youth Employment Network. Amplify provides an opportunity to bring together leaders from a wide variety of front-line organizations that provide labour market information (LMI), guidance, and advice to youth and other job seekers…Read More

ELM L.P. Has Dropped

How much does your income increase if you complete an apprenticeship training program or a college, university, or other post-secondary program? Do people leave the province in which they studied after leaving their post-secondary programs? Does university attendance increase social mobility? These are just a few of the questions that can be answered definitively with…Read More

Making sense of the future of work in Canada

When I joined LMIC in April, one of my first priorities was to help provide insights on the jobs of today and tomorrow. To that end, my team and I began investigating the immense area of research and analysis known as the “future of work.” The variety of studies in this area touches on everything from…Read More