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R&D jobs on the wane

The number of people employed in R&D jobs fell by 2 per cent in 2013, according to the latest data from Statistics Canada.

The total number of full-time equivalent personnel working in R&D dropped from 231,230 in 2012 to 226,620 in 2013. Most of the losses came from industry, which employes the majority of R&D personnel, but federal and provincial governments also shed R&D jobs. The higher education and not-for-profit sectors saw small gains.

The decline was seen in all job categories—support staff, technicians and researchers.

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