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Work - Unemployment Duration

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The transition from one job to another can be stressful. The longer an individual has been out of work, the fewer financial resources are available to meet personal and family needs.

Summary

  • National Picture — In 2012, jobless Canadians who were looking for work or on temporary layoff remained unemployed for 20.2 consecutive weeks on average.
  • Gender — In 2012, men remained unemployed slightly longer than women. The length of unemployment averaged 21.0 weeks for men and 19.2 weeks for women.
  • Age — In 2012, workers aged 65 years and more remained unemployed longer (32.2 weeks) than other age groups.
  • Regions — In 2012, the average length of unemployment ranged from 13.0 weeks in Prince Edward Island to 22.2 weeks in Quebec. 

National Picture

The average duration of unemployment decreased from 26.5 weeks in 1997 to 14.8 weeks in 2008. However, with the financial crisis, the average duration of unemployment increased to 20.2 weeks in 2012.


This Chart contains data for Unemployment duration, Canada, 1997-2012. Information is available in table below 2012 = 20.2 2011 = 21.1 2010 = 19.9 2009 = 17.0 2008 = 14.8 2007 = 15.4 2006 = 16.6 2005 = 17.1 2004 = 16.9 2003 = 17.8 2002 = 18.3 2001 = 17.9 2000 = 19.8 1999 = 22.3 1998 = 24.0 1997 = 26.5 (consecutive weeks) Unemployment duration, Canada, 1997-2012

Source: Statistics Canada. Table 282-0048 - Labour force survey estimates (LFS), duration of unemployment by sex and age group, annual (persons unless otherwise noted), CANSIM (database).


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Unemployment duration, Canada, 1997-2012 (consecutive weeks)
1997199819992000200120022003200420052006200720082009201020112012
26.524.022.319.817.918.317.816.917.116.615.414.817.019.921.120.2

Gender

There was a significant decline in the average duration of unemployment for both men and women between 1997 and 2012. However, the average duration was consistently higher for men than for women. For men, the average duration of unemployment decreased from 28.7 weeks to 21.0 weeks. For women, the duration decreased from 23.6 weeks to 19.2 weeks.


This Chart contains data for Unemployment duration, by gender, 1997-2012. Information is available in table below 2012 (Men) = 21.0 2011 (Men) = 22.6 2010 (Men) = 20.9 2009 (Men) = 17.7 2008 (Men) = 16.0 2007 (Men) = 16.5 2006 (Men) = 17.4 2005 (Men) = 17.7 2004 (Men) = 18.0 2003 (Men) = 19.2 2002 (Men) = 19.5 2001 (Men) = 19.2 2000 (Men) = 21.3 1999 (Men) = 24.5 1998 (Men) = 25.5 1997 (Men) = 28.7 2012 (Women) = 19.2 2011 (Women) = 19.2 2010 (Women) = 18.7 2009 (Women) = 16.0 2008 (Women) = 13.2 2007 (Women) = 14.0 2006 (Women) = 15.7 2005 (Women) = 16.2 2004 (Women) = 15.5 2003 (Women) = 16.0 2002 (Women) = 16.8 2001 (Women) = 16.1 2000 (Women) = 18.0 1999 (Women) = 19.6 1998 (Women) = 21.9 1997 (Women) = 23.6 (consecutive weeks) Unemployment duration, by gender, 1997-2012

Source: Statistics Canada. Table 282-0048 - Labour force survey estimates (LFS), duration of unemployment by sex and age group, annual (persons unless otherwise noted), CANSIM (database).


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Unemployment duration, by gender, 1997-2012 (consecutive weeks)
1997199819992000200120022003200420052006200720082009201020112012
Men28.725.524.521.319.219.519.218.017.717.416.516.017.720.922.621.0
Women23.621.919.618.016.116.816.015.516.215.714.013.216.018.719.219.2

Age

In 2012, the average length of unemployment was the lowest for youth aged 15 to 24 (11.1 weeks) and the highest for unemployed individuals aged 65 years and more (32.2 weeks). 


This Chart contains data for Unemployment duration, by age, 2012. Information is available in table below 65+ years = 32.2 55-64 years = 28.7 25-54 years = 22.6 15-24 years = 11.1 (consecutive weeks) Unemployment duration, by age, 2012

Source: Statistics Canada. Table 282-0048 - Labour force survey estimates (LFS), duration of unemployment by sex and age group, annual (persons unless otherwise noted), CANSIM (database).


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Unemployment duration, by age, 2012 (consecutive weeks)
15-24 years25-54 years55-64 years65+ years
11.122.628.732.2

Regions

In 2012, residents of Prince Edward Island remained unemployed for the shortest amount of time, averaging 13.0 weeks. Workers in Quebec and Ontario experienced the longest duration of unemployment (22.2 and 21.8 consecutive weeks, respectively).


This Chart contains data for Unemployment duration, by region, 2012. Information is available in table below BC = 19.5 AB = 13.5 SK = 14.1 MB = 15.3 ON = 21.8 QC = 22.2 NB = 15.9 NS = 16.4 PE = 13.0 NL = 16.4 CAN = 20.2 (consecutive weeks) Unemployment duration, by region, 2012

Source: Statistics Canada. Table 282-0048 - Labour force survey estimates (LFS), duration of unemployment by sex and age group, annual (persons unless otherwise noted), CANSIM (database).


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Unemployment duration, by region, 2012 (consecutive weeks)
CANNLPENSNBQCONMBSKABBC
20.216.413.016.415.922.221.815.314.113.519.5

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2014-07-23