Newfoundland's workforce hardest hit by H1N1 for November, StatsCan

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According to a Statistics Canada report, this province's workforce was hardest hit by the second wave of H1N1 when it hit in November.
The Toronto Star is reporting that provincially, "flu-related absenteeism was highest among workers in Newfoundland and Labrador, where 14.2% of workers among those polled lost hours."
The lowest absenteeism rate was in Quebec where 7.6 per cent of workers called in sick.
Statistics Canada reports that 1.5 million people called in sick in November as a result of the swine flu.
Each worker lost an average of 19.6 hours each, totaling 29.5 million lost work hours in November.
The survey polled workers aged 15 to 69.
But calling in sick meant that healthy workers had to make up for lost productivity, the report says.
About 600,000 people worked 8.6 million overtime or extra hours while their colleagues were off work.
Many of those were health care workers.

On the web: www.statcan.gc.ca/start-debut-eng.html

Organizations: Statistics Canada, Toronto Star

Geographic location: Newfoundland and Labrador, Quebec

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  • SadbutTrue
    July 02, 2010 - 13:35

    TaxWatch.....as negative as it sounds, what I see day to day, tends to support your comments. I believe the old timer's have a term for people like this....'hang-a-shore'....is it????

  • TaxWatch
    July 02, 2010 - 13:31

    NLers are suppose to have a good work ethic....yes but only NLers who live and work off the Rock. The locals are still looking for freebies at every turn.

    We have the highest unemployment rate because most of these workers would rathers stay at home and collect a few dollars on EI and/or Welfare. They neglect to place a value on work experience and how it will help double what they receive on EI and Welfare.

  • Lame
    July 02, 2010 - 13:30

    WOW we certainly are good at putting ourselves down this morning --just imagine, the only NLrs with a good work ethic are on the mainland-- who are you trying to kid--with an attitude like yours is it any wonder that we are at the brunt of newfie jokes from coast to coast--- come on guys give me a break lets take some pride in ourselves

  • spracklin
    July 02, 2010 - 13:25

    well now isnt that a statement to make--only NLers that are on the mainland have a healthy work ethic ??? shame on you -with an attitude like that its no wonder we are the brunt of newfie jokes from coast to coast--you owe every working NFLDer an apology by the way this is not the rock this province has a proper name-please use it with respect and i am not ashamed to sign my name

  • Paul
    July 02, 2010 - 13:19

    Coincidental or What ?? This province has the highest percentage of vacinated
    people and we also have the highest rate
    of work related absenteeism in the country , or , are we more adept at making something work in our favour ?

  • Al
    July 02, 2010 - 13:11

    Give me a break. So, everyone who take a sick day during November was sick with the Swine Flu? Whatever.

    More likely explanation is that people saw an easy way to get a few days off and took it.

    Was everybody who phoned in sick tested for the swine flu? Thought so.

  • SadbutTrue
    July 01, 2010 - 20:25

    TaxWatch.....as negative as it sounds, what I see day to day, tends to support your comments. I believe the old timer's have a term for people like this....'hang-a-shore'....is it????

  • TaxWatch
    July 01, 2010 - 20:20

    NLers are suppose to have a good work ethic....yes but only NLers who live and work off the Rock. The locals are still looking for freebies at every turn.

    We have the highest unemployment rate because most of these workers would rathers stay at home and collect a few dollars on EI and/or Welfare. They neglect to place a value on work experience and how it will help double what they receive on EI and Welfare.

  • Lame
    July 01, 2010 - 20:17

    WOW we certainly are good at putting ourselves down this morning --just imagine, the only NLrs with a good work ethic are on the mainland-- who are you trying to kid--with an attitude like yours is it any wonder that we are at the brunt of newfie jokes from coast to coast--- come on guys give me a break lets take some pride in ourselves

  • spracklin
    July 01, 2010 - 20:12

    well now isnt that a statement to make--only NLers that are on the mainland have a healthy work ethic ??? shame on you -with an attitude like that its no wonder we are the brunt of newfie jokes from coast to coast--you owe every working NFLDer an apology by the way this is not the rock this province has a proper name-please use it with respect and i am not ashamed to sign my name

  • Paul
    July 01, 2010 - 20:02

    Coincidental or What ?? This province has the highest percentage of vacinated
    people and we also have the highest rate
    of work related absenteeism in the country , or , are we more adept at making something work in our favour ?

  • Al
    July 01, 2010 - 19:47

    Give me a break. So, everyone who take a sick day during November was sick with the Swine Flu? Whatever.

    More likely explanation is that people saw an easy way to get a few days off and took it.

    Was everybody who phoned in sick tested for the swine flu? Thought so.