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Canada. Employment up in public sector

Public sector employment on a seasonally adjusted basis was 3.6 million in the first quarter, up 0.3% from the fourth quarter of 2010. The increase was concentrated mainly in health and social services institutions (+0.5%). Employment has been growing steadily in this sector since the first quarter of 2005. Employment also rose in local general government (+0.4%).

Employment in federal general government fell 0.2% in the first quarter. The number of employees in this sector has changed little since the first quarter of 2010, following a decade of growth.

Employment in universities and colleges slipped 0.1%, although it has been on an upward trend since the first quarter of 2001.

Public sector employees represented 10.6% of the total Canadian population in the first quarter, unchanged during the last year. This proportion had been rising slowly since the first quarter of 2001 when it was 9.7%.

The three levels of general government (federal, provincial and territorial, and local) accounted for 38.2% of total public sector employment in the first quarter. Educational institutions represented 29.5%, followed by health and social service institutions (23.5%) and government business enterprises (8.7%).


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