The Great Canadian Recovery: The Impact of COVID-19 on Canada's Labour Market

81 Pages Posted: 7 Jul 2022

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Stephen Robert Glenville Jones

McMaster Economics

Fabian Lange

McGill University

W. Craig Riddell

University of British Columbia (UBC) - Department of Economics

Casey Warman

Dalhousie University

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Abstract

The Canadian labour market experienced a period of unprecedented turmoil following the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. We analyze the main changes using standard labour force statistics and new data on job postings. Envisaging a phase of temporary severing of employment relationships followed by a phase of more standard labour market search and matching, we use stock and flow data to understand key developments. We find dramatic changes in employment, unemployment and labour market attachment in the first few months of the pandemic and a broad though gradual recovery through to the end of 2021.

Keywords: COVID-19, coronavirus, job loss, unemployment, employment, transition rates

JEL Classification: E24, E32, I3, I14, I18, J21, J23, J31, J63

Suggested Citation

Jones, Stephen Robert Glenville and Lange, Fabian and Riddell, W. Craig and Warman, Casey, The Great Canadian Recovery: The Impact of COVID-19 on Canada's Labour Market. IZA Discussion Paper No. 15404, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4154047 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4154047

Stephen Robert Glenville Jones

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Fabian Lange (Contact Author)

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W. Craig Riddell

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Casey Warman

Dalhousie University ( email )

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