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Aboriginal employment fell dramatically

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“Aboriginal people aged 15 and over living off reserve experienced sharper declines in employment rates during the recent labour market downturn than non-Aboriginal people.

Between 2008 and 2009, the average employment rate fell faster for off-reserve Aboriginal people than for non-Aboriginal people. As a result, the gap in employment rates between the two groups widened from 3.5 percentage points in 2008 to 4.8 percentage points in 2009. The average employment rate for Aboriginal people in 2009 was 57.0%, compared with 61.8% for non-Aboriginal people.

At the same time, the unemployment rate rose more sharply for Aboriginal people aged 15 and over. Their rate increased from 10.4% in 2008 to 13.9% in 2009, while the rate for non-Aboriginal people rose from 6.0% to 8.1%.”

Source: Statistics Canada, Labour Force Survey, Full summary

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