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Canada. Public sector employment down

Public sector employment on a seasonally adjusted basis was 3.6 million in the third quarter, down 12,000 (-0.3%) from the second quarter.

Public sector employment

The decline was mainly the result of the layoff of the temporary workers hired for the 2011 Census program. Employment in the federal general government, which fell by 16,000 (-3.6%), declined in all provinces and territories.

In addition, the number of employees in local general government fell by 4,000 (-0.6%). Employment in universities and colleges edged down for the third consecutive quarter, bringing the employment to 383,000, about 7,000 below its peak in the fourth quarter 2010.

Employment in health and social services institutions continued its upward trend with a 0.4% increase from the second quarter, while employment in provincial general government rose 0.3%. Employment in this sector has remained virtually the same since the first quarter of 2009, in contrast to an upward trend between 2004 and 2008.

Public sector employees represented 20.2% of total employment in Canada in the third quarter. This proportion has declined slowly since the third quarter of 2009, reversing an upward trend that started in 2007.

The three levels of general government (federal, provincial and territorial, and local) accounted for 38.4% of total public sector employment in the third quarter. Educational institutions represented 29.2%, followed by health and social service institutions at 23.7%, and government business enterprises at 8.8%.

Total public sector wages and salaries declined 0.3% between the third quarter of 2010 and third quarter of 2011.


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