A UBC economist is warning of some concerning trends in a changing jobs landscape.
Kevin Milligan says the Statistics Canada data show a hollowing out of what he calls “middle jobs” across Canada with positions vanishing in sectors like manufacturing and clerical work.
Milligan says the data by province of median wages for men show what he calls “carnage” in B.C.
“Some provinces with the oil boom, places like Alberta and Newfoundland, have been doing extraordinary well. Males in the middle have been having a fantastic time there. In other provinces like Ontario, Quebec, and B.C. as well, males have been seeing a large drop in their earnings over the last 30 years.”
He says since 1976, the median wage for men in B.C.’s workforce has dropped by almost $20,000.
Country-wide, median annual earnings for women have gone from about $19,600 to $24,600 in 2011.