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Table 3. Extent of unemployment during the year by sex, 2019-2020

Table 3. Extent of unemployment during the year by sex, 2019-2020 [Numbers in thousands]
Extent of unemployment Total Men Women
2019 2020 2019 2020 2019 2020

NUMBER OF UNEMPLOYED

Total who worked or looked for work

170,663 168,591 89,200 88,183 81,463 80,408

Percent with unemployment

8.0 15.7 8.3 15.6 7.6 15.8

Total with unemployment

13,572 26,439 7,420 13,746 6,153 12,693

Did not work but looked for work

2,030 2,925 1,126 1,602 905 1,323

1 to 14 weeks

783 931 434 470 349 462

15 weeks or more

1,247 1,993 691 1,132 556 861

Worked during the year

11,542 23,515 6,294 12,144 5,248 11,371

Year-round workers(1) with 1 or 2 weeks of unemployment

432 974 257 578 175 397

Part-year workers(2) with unemployment

11,110 22,541 6,037 11,567 5,073 10,974

1 to 4 weeks

2,378 3,464 1,137 1,858 1,241 1,606

5 to 10 weeks

1,849 3,257 1,004 1,630 845 1,627

11 to 14 weeks

1,566 2,914 871 1,499 695 1,415

15 to 26 weeks

2,813 4,932 1,633 2,558 1,180 2,374

27 weeks or more

2,504 7,974 1,392 4,022 1,112 3,952

Median weeks of unemployment for all workers

13.8 18.1 14.4 17.7 13.1 18.5

With 2 spells or more of unemployment

2,418 3,308 1,408 1,731 1,010 1,577

2 spells

1,185 1,826 721 898 464 928

3 spells or more

1,232 1,482 687 833 546 649

PERCENT DISTRIBUTION

Did not work but looked for work

100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0

1 to 14 weeks

38.6 31.8 38.6 29.3 38.6 34.9

15 weeks or more

61.4 68.2 61.4 70.7 61.4 65.1

Worked during the year

100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0

Year-round workers(1) with 1 or 2 weeks of unemployment

3.7 4.1 4.1 4.8 3.3 3.5

Part-year workers(2) with unemployment

96.3 95.9 95.9 95.2 96.7 96.5

1 to 4 weeks

20.6 14.7 18.1 15.3 23.7 14.1

5 to 10 weeks

16.0 13.9 16.0 13.4 16.1 14.3

11 to 14 weeks

13.6 12.4 13.8 12.3 13.2 12.4

15 to 26 weeks

24.4 21.0 25.9 21.1 22.5 20.9

27 weeks or more

21.7 33.9 22.1 33.1 21.2 34.8

With 2 spells or more of unemployment

20.9 14.1 22.4 14.3 19.2 13.9

2 spells

10.3 7.8 11.5 7.4 8.8 8.2

3 spells or more

10.7 6.3 10.9 6.9 10.4 5.7

(1) Worked 50 or 51 weeks.
(2) Worked less than 50 weeks.

NOTE: Updated population controls are introduced annually with the release of January data. Dash indicates no data or data that do not meet publication criteria (values not shown where base is less than 75,000).

Last Modified Date: December 09, 2021