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According to data on labour mobility, 562,800 (3.4%) of the total labour force1 moved to a different province or territory between 2001 and 2006.
The North had the highest share of its labour force who had lived in another province or territory five years prior to the census. The most mobile area was the Northwest Territories2, where more than one-fifth (21.5%) of its labour force lived elsewhere in Canada in 2001.
Among the provinces, Alberta had the labour force with the highest share (8.6%) having lived in another province or territory five years earlier. An estimated 160,500 people in Alberta's labour force had moved to the province from other parts of Canada since 2001.
Figure 3 Percentage of total labour force in 2006 that lived in a different province or territory five years ago, 2001 to 2006
Mobility was highest in two industries: mining, oil and gas extraction, and public administration. In the mining, oil and gas industry, a full 8.1% of those employed in the industry, about 17,700 workers, lived in another province or territory five years earlier.
An estimated 51,400 people who also moved were working in a public administration job, 5.5% of its workers.