Québec, April 2, 2015 – Labour market conditions improved in most regional county municipalities (RCMs) following the recession that hit Québec in 2009. In 2013, the number of workers aged 25 to 64 was higher than before the recession in 74 of the 104 RCMs in Québec. The supralocal regions that best recovered from the crisis are those located on the outskirts of Montréal and Québec, including Mirabel, Montcalm and La Jacques-Cartier, as well as those situated far from large urban centres and that benefited from the increase seen in mining activity at the turn of the 2010s, such as Kativik, Eeyou Istchee, Le Fjord-du-Saguenay, Caniapiscau, La Vallée-de-l’Or and Rouyn-Noranda. Driven by the construction of the La Romaine hydroelectric complex, the Minganie RCM also fared well in terms of growth in the number of workers. These are among the main findings of the annual publication by the Institut de la statistique du Québec entitled Bulletin Flash. Évolution du marché du travail dans les MRC released today on its website.
Mauricie, Bas-Saint-Laurent and Chaudière-Appalaches still waiting for recovery
In contrast, the number of workers was still not back to pre-economic recession levels in most RCMs in the Mauricie, Bas-Saint-Laurent and Chaudière-Appalaches regions, where labour market conditions actually worsened. This was particularly true for the Mékinac and Shawinigan RCMs where the number of workers aged 25 to 64 declined steadily over the past few years and reached an all-time low in 2013.
High rate of workers in suburban rings of Montréal and Québec and in mining regions
With a rate of workers of 87.8% among those aged 25 to 64 in 2013, Caniapiscau ranked first among RCMs for the fourth consecutive year. It was followed by the Kativik (85.1%), La Jacques-Cartier (84.5%) and Marguerite-D’Youville (83.5%) RCMs. Despite experiencing strong growth between 2008 and 2013, the Rocher-Percé RCM still had the lowest rate of workers in the province at 58.2%.
Employment income in Caniapiscau reaches a new record high
Median employment income was highest in the Caniapiscau RCM, whose largest municipality is Fermont, at over $84,700 in 2013. Tagging far behind were Les Collines-de-l’Outaouais ($53,251), Gatineau ($50,877) and Sept-Rivières ($50,787). Conversely, La Haute-Gaspésie ($29,253) had the lowest median income in Québec.
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