Immigrants are less likely to have a job than their Canadian-born counterparts, according to Statistics Canada data released Friday.
The data agency says the employment rate for what it calls core-aged immigrants (those between the ages of 25 and 54) was 75.6 per cent last year. That lags behind the employment rate of 82.9 per cent for people born in Canada.
Employment among landed immigrants in the agency’s core working-age group increased 4.3 per cent from the previous year.
But despite the uptick in the level of employment, the employment rate for immigrants is still 1.8 percentage points lower than it was in 2008, before the economic slowdown started.
“This was mostly because their growth in employment did not keep pace with the growth in their population,” the data agency says.
The 1.8 percentage point slowdown is larger than the 1.2 percentage point decline seen in the Canadian-born workforce over that timeframe.
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