As of July, 2009, 71% percent
of all Canadians who had lost jobs in the recession were men.
Furthermore, although workers under 25 account for only 15 percent of
the labour force, they represent over one third of the newly unemployed.
In a report
from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, “Canada’s
He-cession,” authors Trish Hennessey and Armine Yainizyan note that the
country’s unemployment gender gap is “wider than at any time since
Statistics Canada began collecting gender unemployment statistics in
The gender discrepancy is explained largely by heavy
losses in the manufacturing sector, where men dominate the work force.
Almost two thirds of all Canadians who’ve been put out of work by this
recession – over 215,000 from a total 370,000, as of July – were
employed in manufacturing.
However, Hennessey and Yalnizyan
predict this gender gap may narrow. Many economists are forecasting a
second wave of job losses in the service sector, where women will be
In the meantime, the “he-cession” has some observers
speculating on the broader cultural impact of the crisis – with some
predicting it will usher in an age of greater gender equality. Reihan
Salam, a fellow with the New America Foundation, usually associated
with more conservative causes, puts it this way: “It’s now fair to say
that the most enduring legacy of the Great Recession will not be the
death of Wall Street. It will not be the death of finance. And it will
not be the death of capitalism. These ideas and institutions will live
on. What will not survive is macho.” Read more of his argument here
. Some Figures
• 370,000: number of Canadians who lost their jobs between Oct 2008 and July 2009
• 262,00: number of Canadian men who lost jobs during same period.
• 217,00: number of Canadian manufacturing jobs cut during same period.
• 136,000: number of Canadians under 25 who’ve lost jobs during same period.
• 245,500: number of Ontarians who lost their jobs during same period.
References: Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives; Statistics Canada; Foreign Policy, 18 June 2009