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Labour Markets, Business Activity and Population Growth and Mobility in Canadian CMAs

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  • Bordt, Michael
  • Das, Sudip
  • Heisz, Andrew
  • Larochelle-Cote, Sebastien
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    The report examines employment, unemployment, work activity, earnings, industrial structure, industry concentration and diversity, and human capital and population growth due to immigration and inter-CMA mobility in Census Metropolitan Areas (CMAs) between 1981 and 2001. Employment and unemployment rates of Census Metropolitan Area residents in 2001 were at similar levels as twenty years earlier. This despite major changes in the structure of urban economies and in particular the declining importance of manufacturing, and rising employment of business services industries. The labour market strength of Canada's largest urban areas varied tremendously in 2001, although the difference between the CMAs with the strongest and weakest labour markets had declined since 1981. Immigrants, low-paid workers and young workers lost ground in the labour market between 1981 and 2001. Over the same period women made gains in employment and earnings relative to men. University degree holders were highly concentrated in CMAs in 2001. Recent immigrants made a substantial contribution to the growth in the human capital pool in some CMAs between 1996 and 2001. Many small CMAs lost highly educated and young persons to larger CMAs over the same period. The report uses the 1981, 1991, and 2001 censuses of Canada, and the 1987-2003 Labour Force Survey.

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    Paper provided by Statistics Canada, Analytical Studies Branch in its series Trends and Conditions in Census Metropolitan Areas with number 2005006e.

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    Date of creation: 26 Apr 2005
    Handle: RePEc:stc:stcp7e:2005006e
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