Unlike the US — where self-employment has declined precipitously over the last decade — self-employment in Canada has been very consistent since 2001. As with the rest of the economy, self-employment in Canada has seen less volatility over the last 10 years than its American counterpart. But there have still been a number of significant developments.
In early 2000s, self-employment was on a rapid ascent in the United States. But then the early signs of the downturn began to appear, followed by the financial crisis and Great Recession, and self-employment growth came to a halt.
EMSI’s new class-of-worker data shows that proprietors account for 242,000-plus, or nearly 80%, of the jobs added since 2001 in the 10 main entertainment and sports-related fields.
Here at EMSI, we’re always looking for a chance to show off our data and tools, so we saw this article as an opportunity to use our new “class of worker” categories and compare salaried workers to the self-employed.
For the past year EMSI has been gearing up for a big update and improvement to how we present our labor market data. On July 9, users can start to view employment data in four sets that can be mixed and matched