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| July 18, 2014
| July 14, 2014
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| July 14, 2014
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| June 20, 2014

More on demographics, demand and Canada's falling employment rate

My comments last week on the continuing decline in the employment rate in Canada (to below 61.5 per cent in April, barely higher than the low point reached in the 2008-09 recession) has sparked some continuing discussion about the role of demographic change in explaining that decline (as opposed to a shortage of labour demand).

Is the decline in the employment rate due to weak labour market conditions, or is it due to the aging of the workforce (as a result of which a larger share of the working-age population consists of people in older age categories which normally have lower labour force participation and employment incidence)?

CANSIM Table 282-0003
| April 16, 2014
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| April 10, 2014
Source: Author’s calculations drawing on data from Citizenship and Immigration C
| April 9, 2014
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| April 7, 2014

A number is never just a number: The skills gap trope

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Number 1

Canada has more workers with post-secondary training than any other industrialized country. More than half of Canadians aged 25-34 have a post-secondary diploma or certificate; 28.9 per cent held a university degree in 2006 -- up from 14.9 per cent in 1981.  (Source and source)


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