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Truck driving no longer Canada’s most common job for men

OTTAWA, Ont. - Retail salespersons and sales clerks have usurped truck drivers as having the most common occupation among Canadian men.


NO LONGER TOPS: More Canadian men now work in retail than behind the wheels of trucks, StatsCan says.
NO LONGER TOPS: More Canadian men now work in retail than behind the wheels of trucks, StatsCan says.

OTTAWA, Ont. – Retail salespersons and sales clerks have usurped truck drivers as having the most common occupation among Canadian men.

According to Statistics Canada’s 2006 census report on the country’s labour force, 285, 800 men said they were retail salespeople or clerks while only 276,200 men called themselves truck drivers.

The number of male retail salespeople surged nearly 29% between 2001 and 2006, which ultimately gave them the edge. Retail sales was also the most common occupation for women, the census showed, with 400,000 women employed in that sector.

Statistics Canada said the growth in those jobs is a reflection of expanding consumer spending in retail stores.


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