OTTAWA – Statistics 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 highlights:
— Canada’s 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 2006.
— 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 64-year-old counterparts.
— 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 from home.
— 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 population.
— 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.