The young are much less likely to be self-employed in New Brunswick than the old (ish). We only have data on this from the 2006 Census (and next year from the 2011 Census) but you can see from the table that you are three times more likely to be self-employed if you are in the 55-64 age group than if you are in the 25-29 age group. You can see also that New Brunswick’s youth are also less likely to be self-employed than their counterparts across Canada. The number of 20-24 years olds that are self-employed in New Brunswick is 45 percent lower than Canada as a whole (or was at the time of the Census).
Not sure what the instructive value is in these statistics because I am not sure that self-employment means much in general – although among the 3,500 people between the ages of 25-34 that are self-employed there are a few that could be the next break out entrepreneurs developing products and services that will gain a wide audience outside New Brunswick. That is the cohort I am most interested in – it’s just very hard to pick them out of the data.
Self-Employed Persons per 1,000 in the Workforce (2006)
|Total – Age groups||81.0||116.3||-30%|
|15 to 19 years||12.5||14.6||-15%|
|20 to 24 years||14.4||26.3||-45%|
|25 to 29 years||35.5||56.6||-37%|
|30 to 34 years||56.7||91.4||-38%|
|35 to 44 years||81.7||124.3||-34%|
|45 to 54 years||98.0||140.4||-30%|
|55 to 64 years||142.1||187.7||-24%|
|65 to 74 years||302.8||356.5||-15%|
|75 years and over||434.4||453.7||-4%|