Canadian Men Driving Trucks and Working Retail

OTTAWA — Canadian men are not only hauling clothes to the stores, they’re also hanging them on the racks.

According to Statistics Canada’s 2011 National Household Survey (NHS), the second most common occupation for Canadian men is “transport truck driver.” The number one spot? Retail salesperson.

The retail sector had the highest share of total employment across both sexes, StatsCan reported.

Interestingly — and perhaps pointing to the forecasted shortage of drivers from soon-to-be retiring Baby Boomers — workers aged 55 and over made up 18.7 percent of total employment. That’s up from the 2006 Census when workers aged 55 and over accounted for 15.5 percent of the workforce. In total, 2011 saw a little over 3 million people in that age bracket employed.

The increase was “was the result of the aging of the baby boom generation and the increased participation of older workers in the labour force,” StatsCan explained.

As for the where to go in the country to increase your chances of getting a job, Yukon had the highest employment rate at 69.7 percent, barely edging out Alberta’s (surprise, surprise) 69 percent.

You may also want to visit the Northwest Territories, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, all of which were also above the national employment average.

The lowest employment rates were found in Newfoundland and Labrador, as well as in Nunavut.

As for getting to work, turns out that most of us drive: 74 percent of those that commute to work drove a car, truck or van — that’s 11.4 million people. Twelve percent of commuters (1.8 million workers) used public transit, up 1 percent from 2006.

As for commuting times, pack a lunch if you live in Toronto (32.8 minutes), Oshawa, (31.8 minutes) and Montréal (29.7 minutes). If you take public transit, bring something to read: 42.9 minutes was the average versus the 23.7 minutes of commuters who used cars.

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