Public-sector employment increased for the seventh straight year in 2006, an upward trend that began after years of decline throughout the 1990s.


On average, there were nearly 3,039,000 employees in the public sector in 2006, just below the peak of 3,063,000 set in 1992.


Statistics Canada reports that in the fourth quarter there were about 3,075,000 employees in the public sector, up 1.5 per cent, or 44,000, from the last three months of 2005.


The public sector includes both government — general government, educational institutions, and health and social service institutions — and government business enterprises. The largest contributors to the relative increase in government employment were educational institutions.