Canadian Labour Congress

Canadian Labour Congress

April 08, 2009 10:00 ET

Media Advisory/Employment Statistics: CLC Labour Market Economist Available to the Media Thursday Morning

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 8, 2009) - Shortly after Statistics Canada releases its monthly Labour Force Survey on Thursday, April 9, Canadian Labour Congress Senior Economist Sylvain Schetagne will be available by phone to the media. He is a specialist regarding the Canadian labour market.

CLC President Ken Georgetti will be available for comment later in the day.

The unemployment situation has become worse in recent months. Almost 300,000 Canadians lost their jobs between October 2008 and the end of February 2009. The unemployment rate in February rose to 7.7%, with more than 1.4 million unemployed Canadians wanting work but unable to find a job. However, the latest data available shows that only 42.8% of unemployed Canadians were actually receiving EI benefits in January 2009, down from 44.4% in December 2008. This indicates that the EI system is not working for those who paid into it believing that it would be there for them when they needed it.

WHAT: Analysis, job numbers in the March Labour Force Survey
WHEN: 7:20 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., Thursday, April 9, 2009
WHO: Sylvain Schetagne, Senior Economist
PHONE: 613-526-7412

The Canadian Labour Congress, the national voice of the labour movement, represents 3.2 million Canadian workers. The CLC brings together Canada's national and international unions along with the provincial and territorial federations of labour and 130 district labour councils. Web site:

Contact Information

  • Canadian Labour Congress
    Sylvain Schetagne
    Canadian Labour Congress
    Dennis Gruending
    613-526-7431 or 613-878-6040