Economy

StatsCan finds link between laid-off workers and education

A new report says men who lost their jobs in 2008 were five times more likely to register for post-secondary education than those who weren't laid off.

OTTAWA – A new study says there is a significant correlation between job layoffs in Canada and full-time enrolment in post-secondary studies.

The Statistics Canada research says men who lost their jobs in 2008 — at the start of the recession — were five times more likely to register for post-secondary education than those who weren’t laid off.

The report says 3.1 per cent of men who lost their jobs that year went back to school on a full-time basis.

In contrast, the study says only 0.6 per cent of men who did not lose their jobs between 2001 and 2011 enrolled in full-time, post-secondary schooling.

The report also says 3.1 per cent of women laid off in 2008 enrolled full time in a post-secondary institution compared with one per cent for women who did not lose their job.

The study says from 2001 to 2011, laid-off workers were two to four percentage points more likely than other workers to transition to post-secondary education the year they lost their job or the following year.

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