Stats show 'extraordinary recovery' for working women since pandemic lows
The latest Statistics Canada national jobs report provided more proof of a trend that's been taking shape over the past year: women are flooding back into the workforce.
The Financial Post noted the number of women aged 25 to 54 in the workforce grew by 51,000 in January, pushing their rate of employment upup 0.5 percentage points to 82.2 per cent, Statistics Canada says.
That's the highest rate since 1976 and up 2.1 percentage points from the same month a year ago, reported Victoria Wells, senior editor, Financial Post, and FP Work editor.
But it's women with young kids who are really jumping into the labour pool. The employment rate for mothers with children under the age of six grew to 76.6 per cent from 72.9 per cent. On average, 75.2 per cent of women with young kids had jobs, up 3.3 percentage points since 2019, Statistics Canada says.
Those figures mark an extraordinary recovery for working women, whose ranks at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic plummeted to depths not seen in decades.
More affordable daycare, increased availability of flexible work hours and work from home are cited as some of the reasons for the change.