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Changes in Job Tenure and Job Stability in Canada

Andrew Heisz

Government of Canada - Analytical Studies Branch


Statistics Canada WP 95

Using monthly data from the Canadian Labor Force Survey, the author investigates changes in the complete lengths of new job spells from 1981 through 1994. While the average complete length of new jobs did not increase or decrease over the period, changes in the distribution of complete job lengths suggest that there is an increase in the proportion of short-term jobs and a decrease in the proportion of medium-term jobs created over the period. The proportion of long-term jobs remained unchanged. This pattern of change was found among virtually all demographic subgroups examined suggesting that an economy-wide (rather than a sectoral or demographic) explanation must be sought.

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JEL Classification: J64, J63

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Date posted: January 8, 1997  

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Heisz, Andrew, Changes in Job Tenure and Job Stability in Canada (1996). Statistics Canada WP 95. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3634 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3634

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