Canada loses 2.9 per cent of health and social service workforce in 2011

Feeling a little more stressed at work this year?

It may be because there are fewer health care workers and more patients coming through the door.

Canada shed more than 9,000 jobs in health care and social assistance between November and December of 2011 according to Statistics Canada.

There are now 2.9 per cent fewer jobs in this category than a year ago.

As the Ontario government contemplates major cuts proposed by former bank economist Don Drummond, it may want to consider the fact that Canada is already shedding quality jobs that will likely impact economic growth and future government revenues.

Coupled with wage increases that are below inflation, the attack on labour is also expected to have a significant impact on the standard of living for the 99 per centers.

The consumer-led economic rebound that usually occurs after a recession may be stalled by flat wages and this transfusion of good jobs for bad.

While 17,000 net new jobs were created in December, a surge in part-time employment overshadowed the loss of more than 25,000 full-time jobs.

Last year federal NDP finance critic Peter Julian said new jobs created since the recession pay about $10,000 less than those lost in 2008-09.

Ontario, British Columbia and Atlantic Canada have been leading the way in the decline of good-paying jobs for much of the past year. According to a CIBC report in November, during the preceding seven months full-time jobs in high-paying industries fell by 0.1 per cent while the number of jobs in low-paying industries rose by 2.3 per cent.

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