Employment at PSE institutions continues to decline

March 14, 2012

According to preliminary data from Statistics Canada, employment fell by 4,000 in universities and colleges during the fourth quarter of 2011, continuing a downward trend. Since its peak in the fourth quarter of 2010, employment in the PSE sector had dropped by 11,000. In its data check, the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations notes that since 2010, the average number of people employed in the higher education sector fell by 14,000. Nearly all that decline took place in Ontario, where 12,000 jobs were lost -- a 7.5% reduction in the PSE workforce. Statistics Canada | OCUFA Data Check