Graduate Students - Spring 2012

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Articles in this edition

Labour Market Information


Labour Market Information

Lisa Lin, CaPS Resource Coordinator

This monthly bulletin aims to inform you of major news and trends in the Québec, Canada and U.S. labour markets. Your feedback is welcome caps.library [at]

In this issue

  • Experts say new technology responsible for one in six hires in next three years
  • The hiring climate in mining and energy sectors is booming in the West
  • Occupational highlight: Pharmacists
  • And more! 

The good news

Employment bright lining in cloud computing
Montreal Gazette, 14 March 2012
Cloud computing will be responsible for one in six hires in the next three years.

Canadian hiring outlook warmest in the West
The Globe and Mail, 13 March 2012
Canadian employers see a steady hiring climate in the coming quarter, led by upbeat expectations in the mining and energy sectors.

U.S. jobs picture a tale of two surveys
The Globe and Mail, 13 March 2012
The U.S. labour market is a story of two surveys: one that is good, and one that is even better.

Wanted: 100,000 workers in next decade
Montreal Gazette, 08 March 13, 2012
Canada’s mining sector is entering a period of “significant and sustained growth”, which will translate into the need to hire more than 100,000 additional workers in the next decade.

Boom de l'emploi dans le Grand Nord
La Presse, 20 February 2012
The Northern Quebec and the North Shore have a high demand for workers in mining, energy and service sectors.


The bad news

Young leading exodus from lackluster Canadian labour market
The Globe and Mail, 09 March 2012
An eight-month stretch of meagre job creation is driving more Canadians out of the labour force, especially the young.

Job stats continue their wacky course
Montreal Gazette, 10 March 13, 2012
For the fifth month in a row, Canada's disappointing job performance in February seemed strangely disconnected from an economy that continues to show decent growth.


Other news

Statistics Canada – Labour Force Survey
February 2012
Employment was unchanged in February. A decline in the number of people searching for work pushed the unemployment rate down 0.2 percentage points to 7.4%. Compared with 12 months earlier, employment was up by 121,000 (+0.7%), with the bulk of the increase occurring in the first half of the period.

Statistics Canada – Payroll employment, earnings and hours
December 2011 (preliminary)
In December, average weekly earnings of non-farm payroll employees were $888.26, up 0.7% from the previous month. On a year-over-year basis, earnings rose 2.4%.

Statistics Canada – Labour productivity, hourly compensation and unit labour cost
Fourth quarter 2011
The labour productivity of Canadian businesses rose 0.7% in the fourth quarter, similar to the gain observed in the third quarter (+0.6%).

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Occupational highlight

Pharmacists (NOC 3131)

Community pharmacists and hospital pharmacists compound and dispense prescribed pharmaceuticals and provide consultative services to both clients and health care providers. They are employed in retail and hospital pharmacies, or they may be self-employed. Industrial pharmacists participate in the research, development, promotion and manufacture of pharmaceutical products. They are employed in pharmaceutical companies and government departments and agencies.

Job prospects in this occupation are good.  In the last few years, the number of pharmacists has grown sharply. Employment growth in this occupation depends primarily on the degree of prescription drug use, developments in the field of practice of pharmacists and the number of pharmacy graduates. The sharp increase should continue over the next few years.
For a complete profile of this and other occupations, visit Career Cruising
Contact us at caps.library [at] for the username and password or login to myFuture and search for Career Cruising under the tab “Documents/View Career Resources -> Career Resources”.


Lisa’s Corner

Looking for employers in Life Sciences and Biotechnology?
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