Statics Canada Economic Insights: Full Time Employment

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Statistics Canada has released a report outlining how the percentage of the workforce working full time has evolved from 1970. The report also discusses how full-time employment has changed across age groups, education levels, sex, and regions. It also provides insight to how changes in labour market and worker demographics affect full-time employment across Canada.

“Full-time employment is an important labour market indicator from the perspective of both labour supply and demand.”

Top Insights:

  • The percentage of Canadians employed full time has risen modestly over the last four decades.
  • Women aged 25 and over have increased their full-time employment within the workforce.
  • Men have experienced a decline in their full-time employment rates within the workforce.

The report indicates that evolving preferences and attitudes may have affected full time employment. For example, the desire to balance work and family is might cause some people to prefer part-time employment. Along with this, the report also suggests that in many cases, a preference for part-time employment is not the sole reason for full-time employment.

Full-time employment rates for women aged 25 came almost entirely from increased participation while the reasons for decline in men’s rates of full-time employment range significantly. Evolving transitions over the life course, such as school-to-work transitions or retirement may also have affected full-time employment rates within various age groups.

Full Statistics Canada Economic Insights Article: Full-time Employment, 1976 to 2014

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