Table 282-0219 1
Labour force survey estimates (LFS), reason for not looking for work, by sex and age group
annual (persons x 1,000)


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Geography = Canada
Sex = Both sexes
Age group = 15 years and over
by Reason; Geography= Canada; Sex= Both sexes; Age group= 15 years and over
Labour force survey estimates (LFS), reason for not looking for work, by sex and age group, annual (persons x 1,000)
Reason 3 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
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Total not in the labour force 9,123.1 9,293.7 9,473.8 9,609.4 9,856.2
Not in the labour force but wanted work 489.8 498.0 488.5 472.1 458.6
Wanted work, reason - illness 79.3 86.2 86.9 85.6 81.3
Wanted work, reason - personal/family responsibilities 63.7 69.6 69.8 72.4 72.4
Wanted work, reason - school 141.0 136.1 137.9 134.3 122.4
Wanted work, reason - awaiting recall/reply 36.0 37.2 33.3 30.4 29.5
Wanted work, reason - discouraged 4 35.8 30.3 30.6 27.7 26.6
Wanted work, reason - other 134.0 138.6 130.0 121.7 126.5
Not in the labour force and did not want work or not available 8,633.3 8,795.7 8,985.3 9,137.3 9,397.6

Footnotes:

The Labour force survey collection of tables, starting with number 282-, is large with many possible cross-tabulations for the 10 provinces and other geographic regions. To ensure respondent's confidentiality, detailed data are suppressed. Data for Canada, Quebec, Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia are suppressed if the estimate is below 1,500, for Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Manitoba and Saskatchewan, if the estimate is below 500, and for Prince Edward Island, under 200. For suppression levels within census metropolitan areas (CMAs) and economic regions (ERs), use the respective provincial suppression levels above. While suppressing to protect respondent confidentiality has the added effect of blocking-out the lowest-quality LFS data, some remaining non-suppressed data in these very large LFS CANSIM tables may be of insufficient quality to allow for accurate interpretation. Please be warned that the more detailed your LFS CANSIM download, the smaller the sample size upon which your LFS estimates will be based, and the greater the risk of downloading poorer quality data.
Beginning January 1997, the reason for not looking for work is asked of those who were not employed and did not search for work, but said they wanted work during reference week.
Since 1997, discouraged searchers are defined as those persons who reported wanting to work at a job or business during reference week and were available but who did not look for work because they believed no suitable work was available.

Source:  Statistics Canada. Table  282-0219 -  Labour force survey estimates (LFS), reason for not looking for work, by sex and age group, annual (persons),  CANSIM (database). (accessed: 2015-07-03)
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