"We can't allow things that are inaccurate to stand." — The Word of Our Dan, February 19, 2008.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Boom, boom (VIII)

This little chart, similar to the previous one, also shows the relative change in employment in Newfoundland and Labrador, compared to the arbitrarily-chosen benchmark of January 2000:

There are three classes of employment represented: public-sector employment, private-sector employment, and self-employment. And once again, the percentage changes are derived from rolling twelve-month averages in order to smooth out seasonal fluctuations.

Note that the "public sector" in this data is broader than the provincial public sector that is the subject of previous pretty charts. This "public sector" includes local and federal government employment.

By looking at the relative change, it becomes immediately clear that public-sector employment is rising as a proprtion of total employment not only because the public sector workforce is increasing in size, but also because private-sector employment has at best hit a plateau, while self-employment tanked during the recession.

Note that private-sector employment, apparently agnostic about the "Williams Effect", grew faster between 2000 and 2003 than at pretty well any time since.

[Source data: Statscan Table 282-0011, Labour force survey estimates (LFS), employment by class of worker.]

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