Canada released the second batch of figures Wednesday from its
voluntary National Household Survey, looking at labour, education,
workplace, commuting, work language and mobility and migration. Some
Canadas labour force numbered 18 million in 2011, but only 16.6
million had a job during the survey period an employment rate of
60.9 per cent, compared with 62.6 per cent in 2006. The jobless rate
during the period was 7.8 per cent, compared with 6.6 per cent in
64.8 per cent of working-age women now have a post-secondary
education, compared with 63.4 per cent of men the first time the
percentage for women has bypassed that for men.
Women accounted for 59 per cent of Canadians aged 25 to 34 with a
university degree, compared with 47.3 per cent of their 55- to
The most common occupations for women in 2011: retail salesperson;
administrative assistant; registered nurse; cashier; schoolteacher.
The most common occupations for men: retail salesperson; truck
driver; retail and wholesale manager; carpenter; janitor, caretaker
and building superintendent.
Canada had more than three million workers aged 55 and over in
2011, comprising 18.7 per cent of total employment, compared with
15.5 per cent in 2006.
Employment rates were highest in Yukon (69.7 per cent), N.W.T.
(66.8 per cent) and the Prairies, particularly Alberta (69 per cent)
and Saskatchewan (65.1 per cent). Rates were lowest in Newfoundland
and Labrador (50.7 per cent) and Nunavut (52.1 per cent).
Roughly 15.4 million Canadians said they commute to work each day,
with three out of four driving a vehicle and just 5.6 per cent
making the trip as passengers. 1.1 million people reported working
Public transit was used by 12 per cent of commuters, up from 11
per cent in 2006. Of those, 63.5 per cent took a bus, 25 per cent
rode the subway or elevated-rail train, 11.2 per cent took
light-rail transit, streetcar or commuter train, and 0.3 per cent
travelled by ferry.
880,800 commuters, or 5.7 per cent, reported walking to work each
day, while only 201,800 people 1.3 per cent rode a bicycle, the
same percentage as in 2006.
29 per cent of Canadian commuters reported leaving for work
between 7 and 8 a.m., 22 per cent between 8 and 9 a.m. and 18 per
cent between 6 and 7 a.m.
Among Aboriginal Peoples aged 25 to 64, 48.4 per cent had some
sort of post-secondary education, the majority a trades certificate
or college diploma. 9.8 per cent reported having a university
degree, compared with 26.5 per cent of the non-aboriginal
Nearly 29 per cent of Aboriginal Peoples in the same age group
reported no post-secondary education, compared with 12.1 per cent of
the non-aboriginal group.
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