Job loss in Quebec during epidemic-affected women compared to men: report


According to Monday’s report by the province’s statistics agency, the COVID-19 epidemic hit nearly 300,000 low-paying jobs in Quebec in 2020.

Women suffered more than men in those jobs. But during that period, the province paid 105,000 jobs, which paid more than $ 30 an hour – and most of those jobs went to women.

This is a good sign, said Mia Homsey, CEO of the institute du Québec, a Montreal-based think tank.

“What makes me optimistic, given the new information in that report, is that women are overrepresented in new jobs, which pay more than $ 30 per hour,” Holmes said in an interview on Monday Said, many of those new jobs include areas where women represent less than half of the workforce.

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Quebec lost about 275,000 jobs, paying less than $ 20 an hour in 2020, the Institut de la Statistique du Québ said in Monday’s report. It found that most of the women working in the retail, hospitality and manufacturing sectors suffered job losses.

The report, based on statistics from Statistics Canada, found that 183,000 women paid less than $ 20 an hour, compared to 90,000 men. Job losses were concentrated among workers between the ages of 25 and 44, with 108,200 workers in that age group losing jobs who paid less than $ 20 per hour.

While job losses were concentrated in specific sectors, there was a drop in the number of paid workers below $ 20 an hour in each of the areas studied in the report.

“I think the main takeaway is that people with lower wages, lower skills, younger people, students are more susceptible to changes in the economy,” Homie said.

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When it came to new, high-paying jobs, 67,000 women were hired in 2020, compared to 38,000 men. About 40 percent of the new jobs received in 2020 were in the finance, insurance, real estate and rental industries, as well as the professional, scientific and technical services sectors.

Many sectors, such as retail, which lost large numbers of low-paid workers, also saw an increase in the number of high-wage workers. Homsey said she thinks the epidemic-driven shifts in the economy could be because the business helps to hire better-paid workers, for example to make them conducive to online sales.

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She said that the report suggests that Quebec needed to be reconsidered from the point of view of workplace training. “There is still a very large proportion of the labor force that does not have the necessary skills for jobs to come,” Homsey said.

The report also found that the number of unemployed women increased by 87,000 in 2020, compared to the number of unemployed men in Quebec, which rose by about 79,000.

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