Public sector employment down slightly in second quarter

Wages, salaries also decline: StatsCan
|hrreporter.com|Last Updated: 11/29/2011

Public sector employment was down slightly in the second quarter of 2011, according to Statistics Canada. There were 3.6 million government workers in the third quarter, down 12,000 (0.3 per cent) from the second quarter.

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

In addition, the number of employees in local general government fell by 4,000 (0.6 per cent). 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, said Statistics Canada.

Employment in health and social services institutions continued its upward trend with a 0.4-per-cent increase from the second quarter, while employment in provincial general government rose 0.3 per cent. 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 per cent 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 per cent of total public sector employment in the third quarter. Educational institutions represented 29.2 per cent, followed by health and social service institutions at 23.7 per cent and government business enterprises at 8.8 per cent, said StatsCan.

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

Public sector employment – seasonally adjusted

Second quarter 2011

Third quarter 2011

Second quarter to third quarter 2011

thousands

per cent change

Public sector

3,643

3,632

-0.3

General government

1,412

1,393

-1.3

Federal

446

430

-3.6

Provincial and territorial

357

358

0.3

Local

610

606

-0.6

Educational institutions

1,061

1,061

-0.1

Universities and colleges1

385

383

-0.4

School boards

677

678

0.1

Health and social service institutions

857

861

0.4

Government business enterprises

318

319

0.3

Add Comment

  • *
  • *
  • *
  • *