US Tourism Stats (Inbound Visitors)

Inflow from Mexico is up, but overall still down significantly from 2008.

tourismref: http://www.tinet.ita.doc.gov/view/m-2009-I-001/table1.html

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Latest Employment Stats for October

Region Unemployment Rate
Ottawa 5.2%
Gatineau 5.9%
Ontario 9.3%
Canada 8.6%
U.S. 10.2% (26 year high) / 17.5% (including underemployed)

The Globe and Mail has this interactive webpage that gives numbers by city and province:

octoberrates

BMO publishes employment reports for the US and Canada.

Stats Canada Labour Force Survey Nov 6, 2009 provides some insights in the job types and associated impacts:

Employment by class of worker and industry (based on NAICS)
September 2009 October 2009 September to October 2009 October 2008 to October 2009
Seasonally adjusted
thousands % change
Class of worker
Employees 14,110.5 14,039.8 -0.5 -3.5
Self-employed 2,727.5 2,755.0 1.0 3.9
Public/private sector employees
Public 3,433.0 3,407.4 -0.7 -1.6
Private 10,677.5 10,632.3 -0.4 -4.1
All industries 16,838.0 16,794.8 -0.3 -2.3
Goods-producing sector 3,714.6 3,708.3 -0.2 -8.2
Agriculture 319.5 321.9 0.8 -1.3
Natural resources 313.0 301.7 -3.6 -11.0
Utilities 150.3 149.9 -0.3 0.9
Construction 1,166.8 1,178.0 1.0 -5.8
Manufacturing 1,765.0 1,756.8 -0.5 -11.0
Services-producing sector 13,123.4 13,086.4 -0.3 -0.5
Trade 2,662.9 2,632.1 -1.2 -1.7
Transportation and warehousing 797.7 819.9 2.8 -5.8
Finance, insurance, real estate and leasing 1,121.1 1,118.0 -0.3 4.4
Professional, scientific and technical services 1,199.8 1,196.9 -0.2 -0.6
Business, building and other support services 645.8 639.0 -1.1 -4.6
Educational services 1,188.4 1,196.5 0.7 -1.0
Health care and social assistance 1,946.8 1,955.1 0.4 1.7
Information, culture and recreation 791.5 785.1 -0.8 4.8
Accommodation and food services 1,032.0 1,034.5 0.2 -2.9
Other services 805.4 785.5 -2.5 2.5
Public administration 932.0 923.8 -0.9 -3.1

US and Canada Job Losses Continue – May Numbers

Latest unemployment numbers today:

Other interesting lists:

US VC Investments Down 61% in 1Q09

Reports from Mercury Press highlight the continuing decline of Venture Capital in the US:

Nationally, VCs invested $3 billion into U.S. companies, down 61 percent from the $7.7 billion invested in the first quarter of 2008. It was smallest quarterly sum since 1997, and the sharpest decline on record.

In the Bay Area, the world’s leading hub of innovation, $1.2 billion was invested in 172 deals during the quarter. That was a 43 percent decrease in dollars and 26 percent decrease in “deal flow” from the previous quarter.