One question that has long been of concern to me – and for which relevant data are very limited – is the permanency of recent manufacturing job losses. We know that tesn of thousands of jobs have been lost, but not how many job losses are due to the permanent closure of facilities.
A paper by Patrice Jalette and Natacha Prudent of CRIMT, Universite de Montreal, presented to the recent meetings of the Canadian Industrial Relations Association draws on administrative data for Quebec – notifications to the province of layoffs of more than 10 persons. The data suggest that 60% of the jobs lost in manufacturing 2003-08 were described as permanent layoffs.
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