Andrew Jackson

Toronto, Vancouver Among Cities Seeing Falling Wages

Daniel Tencer / Huffington Post Canada

You’ve probably read stories about how Canada’s wage growth is nothing to write home about, but new research from the Broadbent Institute adds a surprising dimension to the story: No fewer than 15 of Canada’s 32 largest metro areas saw incomes slide during 2006-2012.

Economist Andrew Jackson, a senior policy adviser at the Broadbent Institute,...

Employment income since 2006: who gained and who lost

The Harper government claims to be good economic managers pursuing a successful jobs and growth agenda.

To be sure, there are many factors other than federal government policy that strongly influence Canadian jobs and incomes, such as resource prices, business decisions, the state of the United States and the global economy, and the actions of provincial governments. No federal government can take all or even most of the credit or blame for how our economy is doing.

But it is fair to at least ask the question of whether or not Canadians are better off since the Harper...

Income inequality shows the 1% will soon own 50% of all wealth, says Oxfam

CBC Radio / The Current

In a week where the U.S. President has signaled new taxes and fees on the wealthiest American individuals and corporations and where the financially and politically powerful meet in Davos, Oxfam is warning of growing inequality across the globe. Today we look at the implications of counting up the haves and have-nots. ...

Toronto workers’ wages shrinking in contrast to other provinces, think tank says

Sara Mojtehedzadeh / The Toronto Star

Lynn Beamish knows the value of a steady income. As an advisor in the financial services sector, she sees many of the city’s workers struggling to make ends meet.

“Nowadays, unfortunately, people have to live on plastic, because there’s more month at the end of the money,” she says.

After fracturing her ankle in 2009, the 63-year-...

Canada loses 4,300 net jobs in December, jobless rate stays put at 6.6%

Andy Blatchford / The Canadian Press

OTTAWA -- The Canadian labour market capped off 2014 by losing 4,300 net jobs in December, a slight dip from the previous month that left the unemployment rate locked at 6.6 per cent, Statistics Canada said Friday.

The agency's latest job-market survey found that Canada added 185,700 net new positions in 2014, with the bulk of the increase coming in the second half of the calendar. The unemployment rate, meanwhile, moved...

Beyond bleak jobs numbers, full-time gains paint a brighter picture

David Parkinson / The Globe and Mail

Canada’s employment count ended 2014 with back-to-back monthly declines, but beneath the surface of the stalled job numbers is evidence of an improving quality in the country’s labour market.

The Canadian economy shed 4,300 jobs on a seasonally adjusted basis in December, adding to November’s 10,700 decline, as job creation continued its pause following big gains in September and...


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