According to the results of the national survey, conducted between Feb. 26 and March 2, only 10 per cent of Atlantic Canadians fear they will lose their job sometime in 2009, compared to 17 per cent across the country.
For example, 63 per cent of those surveyed across the country reported direct financial losses due to the economic crisis, while only 49 per cent of the respondents in Atlantic Canada reported direct financial losses linked to the recession.
Respondents in Atlantic Canada with financial losses reported numbers significantly lower than losses reported elsewhere in the country.
“In Atlantic Canada, 14 per cent have been significantly impacted, as opposed to 20 per cent nationally,” said Mr. Hutton, Pollara’s executive vice-president.
Concern about job loss affecting a family member is also lower in Atlantic Canada, according to the poll results. About 18 per cent of Atlantic Canadians are worried about job loss in the family, while that percentage across the nation is 30 per cent.
Someone mentioned it before. When you are in a virtual recession all the time (unemployment pushing 10% or higher, population decline, net out-migration every year) – you don’t have the same perspective as someone from a region that has been in strong growth. I find these survey results to be right on the money. The comments from the polling company, however; are a little off.