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Public sector employment rises; Workplace stress a growing health hazard: study

Public sector employment rises

OTTAWA — Public sector employment rose 17,000, or 0.5 per cent, in the second quarter of 2011, for a total of 3.6 million, according to Statistics Canada. Federal general government employment rose by 24,000 (5.6 per cent), partly because of temporary workers hired for the census program. Growth was spread among all provinces.

Workplace stress a growing health hazard: study

MONTREAL — Increased job stress causes workers to increasingly seek help from health professionals for physical, mental and emotional ailments linked to job stress, according to a study by economists at Concordia University in Montreal. The number of visits to health-care professionals is up to 26 per cent more for workers in high-stress jobs compared to those in low-stress jobs.

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