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The Numbers of Labour

From the end of October 2008 till the end of March 2009, Canada’s labour force declined by almost 378,000 people – about the population of Halifax. Both private and public employment declined and the self employed numbers showed a very nominal increase.
Period Ending October 08 March 09 # Change % Change Private Employees 11,101,300 10,806,500 (294,800) (2.66) Self Employed 2,649,500 2,649,800 300 0.01 Public Employees 3,464,900 3,381,800 (83,100) (2.40) Total employees 17,215,700 16,838,100 (377,600) (2.19)
Within these numbers, job security was partially a function of your occupation. Construction and manufacturing were hardest hit with losses of 8.3% and 7.1% respectively. This represents about 243,000 people, approximately the population of Saskatoon. Other areas that saw percentage declines greater than average were:
Agriculture (2.5%)
Natural Resources (4.6%)
Transportation and Warehousing (3.3%)
Education Services (3.1%)
Public Administration (2.8%)
Some areas saw employment gains, with health care and social assistance and other services showing increases of 1.7% and 2.1% respectively.