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Unionization and Labour Market Performance

Further to my earlier post on the “own goal” scored by the Fraser Institute report on North American labour markets, the Table below shows the rankings of the Canadian provinces – out of 60 states and provinces – for (1) labour market performance, 2007-11 and (2) the unionization rate. (I have reversed the Fraser ranking for the latter indicator so that a rank of 1 rather than 60 is given to the jurisdiction with the highest unionization rate.)

The provinces all score relatively well in terms of labour market performance, with 4 in the top 10, and only Nova Scotia not in the top 20. (This indicator is based on  job creation, unemployment and productivity growth.)

Provinces make up 9 of the top 10 jurisdictions by unionization. (New York and Alaska have higher unionization rates than Alberta which ranks 12 in North America.)

Obviously a lot of factors are at play in terms of job creation- but, if the data show anything, it is that high unionization is associated with better rather than worse labour market performance.

Ranking of Canadian Provinces (Out of 60)
Labour Market Unionization Rate
Alberta 1 12
Saskatchewan 2 4
Manitoba 5 3
BC 7 6
Quebec 11 1
Newfoundland 13 2
Ontario 16 9
PEI 19 5
New Brunswick 21 8
Nova Scotia 21 7


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Comment from Richard
Time: September 6, 2012, 10:51 am

Does this study include or exclude Government workers.

Comment from Richard De Gaetano
Time: September 25, 2012, 11:56 am

New Brunswick is also listed as 21, along with Nova Scotia. Is that a typo or are they both not in the top 20?

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