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Employment Recovery Lags for Low Earners

In August 2020, employment increased by another 246,000 jobs (+1.4%) to bring total employment in the month to nearly 97% of its February level.  As noted by Statistics Canada’s data release, low-earning workers suffered larger initial job losses and are now facing a weaker recovery. Much of this is because low-earning workers are concentrated in…Read More
Job Loss Impacts of COVID-19 by Education, Gender and Age

Job Loss Impacts of COVID-19 by Education, Gender and Age

Widespread job losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic have had an outsized impact on workers with lower levels of education. Since these workers tend to earn less on average, economists are concerned about rising inequality around the world. To see how Canadian workers are being affected, we examine the recent employment impacts by educational attainment,…Read More

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
covid-19, essential services, coronavirus, occupations

Essential Services and Occupations: A Pan-Canadian List

To ensure the labour market information we share is up to date, we will continue to update our Pan-Canadian Essential Services List as new LMI emerges about the effects of the pandemic on the labour force. Our latest update was on April 28, 2020. Download the updated list here. LMIC has worked to pinpoint 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

Digging Deep Reveals New LMI Findings

We conducted a series of public opinion surveys on ten groups of Canadians to understand their top labour market information (LMI) needs, sources and challenges. We reported key findings through a series of dashboards, LMI Insights and public presentations. But, we also wanted to gain deeper insights, such as whether young people face different LMI…Read More

Gender Earning Difference Across Income Levels: Still a ways to go

LMIC at CRDCN I recently had the opportunity to present LMIC’s work at the Canadian Research Data Centre Network (CRDCN) national conference in Halifax, Nova Scotia. At this conference, researchers and government agencies gather to learn about and discuss how micro data available at Statistics Canada’s research data centres (RDCs) can be used to create groundbreaking new…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

Balancing Act: Considering Trade-Offs for Improving LMI

Labour Market Information Needs to Evolve in Parallel to the Challenges at Hand When federal and provincial ministers responsible for labour markets first endorsed the creation of a new Labour Market Information Council (LMIC), one of the core aims was to address the need for more local, granular data. In a country as large as…Read More