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RDC News: April 2016

Upcoming hour changes, updates to CENSUS and NHS data files, and Labour force survey 2015 release.

Apr 01, 2016

Upcoming Hours Changes:
We will have the following changes to our usual hours: early closing on Thurs. Apr. 28th at 4:45pm (no extended hours) early closing on Fri. Apr. 29th at 4:45pm. Please consult the schedule for Mills Library for more information.

There have been some minor updates to the CENSUS 1971, 1976, 2006 and NHS 2011 data files. If you would like to learn more about these changes to assess your needs, please contact Peter or Mustafa.

We are currently experiencing high volume in the RDC lately - please use the SIGN UP SHEETS and discuss with Peter, Mustafa or Anna if you have procedures that need to run overnight.

New data sets at the RDC:
In the upcoming weeks we will be receiving new data sets and surveys at the McMaster Research Data Centre. Please see the information below. Researchers interested in accessing these data sets are encouraged to submit proposals!

Labour Force Survey (LFS) 2015
New data from the Labour Force Survey (LFS) has just been released. The LFS provides estimates of employment and unemployment. Survey results are released 10 days after completion of data collection, making the LFS estimates a timely and important measure of economic performance. The LFS provides employment estimates by industry, occupation, public and private sector, hours worked and more, by a variety of demographic characteristics. Wages, union status, job permanency and workplace size are also available for employees. The LFS is a cross-sectional survey and uses a rotating panel sample design. Labour information is collected for all household members over age 15. The monthly sample size is approximately 56,000 households. This survey may useful those researchers interested in employment, hours of work, occupations, unionization, and wages. The McMaster RDC is now accepting proposals for research involving this data set.

For further details, please go to the information page on the LFS at the Statistics Canada website:

The McMaster RDC is now accepting proposals for work with this data. For information on the application process, please visit: