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Canada. Federal government employment up

Federal general government employment rose by 24,000 (+5.6%), an increase that is partly attributable to the hiring of temporary workers for the Census Program. This employment growth was spread among all provinces.

Employment in the health and social services institutions sector increased 0.4% from the first quarter. Employment in this sector has been growing steadily since the first quarter of 2005. Other increases were measured in provincial general government (+0.3%), local general government (+0.4%) and government business enterprises (+0.7%).

Employment in universities and colleges fell 1.6%, its second consecutive quarterly decline. This was in contrast to the upward trend that had characterized this sector since 2005.

Public sector employees represented 20.4% of total employment in Canada in the second quarter, a proportion unchanged since the same quarter a year ago.

The three levels of general government (federal, provincial and territorial, and local) accounted for 38.8% of total public sector employment in the second quarter. Educational institutions represented 29.1%, followed by health and social service institutions (23.5%) and government business enterprises (8.7%).

Between the second quarter of 2010 and the second quarter of 2011, total public sector wages and salaries rose 0.8%.

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