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Labour Market Information

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Labour market information covers the principal elements of the labour market and its operations. It includes, for example: data on employment, wages, standards and qualifications, job openings, working conditions. Information may be historical, current or projected; formally or informally collected; and based in skills, occupations or industries.

The terms “career information,” “occupational information,” and “labour market information” overlap. Broadly defined, these terms encompass the full range of information about labour market conditions and trends, including employment and unemployment, industry and occupational employment and wages, labour market projections, individual workers or jobseekers, and providers of education and training. Also included is information about specific industries, occupations, and careers, such as qualifications, job duties, educational requirements, working conditions and work settings, compensation, employers, and current job vacancies.


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Clearinghouse on Adult, Career and Vocational Education. Using Online Occupational Information for Career Development. Online: (Retrieved on September 4, 2014)

O’Reilly, E. Making Career Sense of Labour Market Information. 2d ed. Ottawa, Ontario: Canadian Career Development Foundation, 2001.

Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI). “What is labour market information? Do I need it?” Online: (Retrieved on September 3, 2014)

Sommers, D. Work Force Information and Career-Technical Education. In Brief: Fast Facts for Policy and Practice No. 10. Columbus: Columbus: National Dissemination Center for Career and Technical Education, the Ohio State University, 2000. (ED 448 321)

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