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Manitoba's labour force doing well: Statistics Canada

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Manitoba workers are older, luckier at the job hunt and tend to be homebodies compared with other Canadians.

They also like to sleep in a little.

New data from Statistics Canada’s national household survey, done in 2011, paints a reasonably rosy picture of the province’s labour force. The data, which was gathered voluntarily from Canadians, cannot be directly compared with the 2006 census, which was mandatory.

Among the findings released Wednesday:

  • More Manitobans are employed. The employment rate stood at 63.1 per cent compared with the national average of 60.9 per cent. Winnipeg did even better at 64.8 per cent.
  • The top job in Manitoba, just as it was across Canada, was retail sales person. But the second most common job was agricultural manager, which was only the 20th most common job across Canada.
  • More Manitobans aged 55 and over are still working. The national average suggests that 18.7 per cent of workers are older than 55, a figure that is on the rise. In Manitoba, nearly 20 per cent of workers are 55-plus, especially outside Winnipeg.
  • Far more Manitobans stayed in the province to work. Manitoba had the third lowest proportion of workers who lived in another province in the last five years. Only four per cent of Manitoba’s workers moved to Manitoba for a job.
  • Manitoban left for work a little later than most Canadians. A smaller proportion of workers started their commute before 7 a.m. and more appear to work afternoon or evening shifts than other Canadians.

Also released Wednesday was new data on education levels, which suggest that almost half of Canada’s aboriginal peoples have post-secondary degrees or certificates but that Manitoba still has one of the lowest rates of post-secondary educational attainment in Canada.

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