Length of average work week fell to record low in March as COVID-19 hit

Length of average work week fell to record low in March as COVID-19 hit

The size of the typical work week for workers paid by the hour sank to its lowest stage on file in March, as COVID-19 drastically decreased the quantity of paid work obtainable for anybody lucky sufficient to nonetheless have a job.

Statistics Canada reported Thursday in its Survey on Payroll Employment and Hours that the typical variety of weekly hours for hourly paid workers declined by 1.1 hours to 29.5 in March, the bottom stage on file.

In a weird twist, the information company reported that the typical weekly paycheque truly elevated, to $1,053. However that is solely as a result of the large job losses skilled throughout the month disproportionately hit lower-paid staff, so the typical pay packet of these nonetheless employed regarded comparatively greater.

Nearly 1 million jobs misplaced

Thursday’s numbers are the second of two month-to-month stories compiled by Statistics Canada on the job market, they usually reinforce simply how record-setting March’s job losses have been.

The newest report says 914,500 Canadians misplaced their job in March. Statistics Canada had beforehand reported that multiple million Canadians had misplaced a job throughout the month, however that declare was primarily based on a web based and phone survey the company compiles.

The brand new knowledge relies on tax remittances from the Canada Income Company and different administrative knowledge from authorities sources.

Each province misplaced jobs, and nearly each sector of the economic system did, too.

About one quarter of the job losses got here in lodging and meals providers, which misplaced 256,609 positions. Subsequent was retail at 103,712 jobs. Mixed, these two sectors made up 41 per cent of all the roles misplaced.

However not all sectors have been as hard-hit.

Jobs and salaries have been just about unchanged within the comparatively higher-paying public administration and finance and insurance coverage sectors.

“Staff in these sectors could not often have duties requiring shut bodily contact with others, usually tend to have the choice to telework, and, as such, could have been much less impacted by the financial shutdown,” the report says.

Common weekly earnings within the finance and insurance coverage sector truly rose by 4.7 per cent throughout the month.

Time beyond regulation method up in well being care

Surprisingly, 62,000 fewer individuals had paid work within the health-care sector, however most of these have been in non-essential health-care providers comparable to dentist places of work, lots of which shut down for all however pressing issues.

The variety of individuals employed in hospitals was mainly unchanged, however extra time for these staff elevated by about 25 per cent “as COVID-19 was spreading and the workload at hospitals had elevated,” Statistics Canada mentioned.

Equally, employment in group care amenities for the aged was mainly unchanged, however extra time pay elevated by 19.three per cent.

Employment in child-care amenities declined by 16,000 individuals as most daycares throughout the nation have been closed.

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