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Beaver Creek
Burwash Landing
Carcross
Carmacks
Dawson City
Destruction Bay
Faro
Haines Junction
Mayo
Old Crow
Pelly Crossing
Ross River
Tagish
Teslin
Watson Lake
Whitehorse

Population and Labour Force

Population

Watson Lake enjoys a diverse population of people.  Among the population of 802 (2013), approximately half self-identify as Aboriginal, 10% are of French-Canadian origin, and the majority of the remainder are of European origin.

The population of the Yukon itself is growing; a population growth of 11.6% between the 2006 and 2011 census years was the highest in Canada.

Labour Force

From forestry to mining, Yukoners have worked in natural resource industries for over 100 years, and in developing expertise for working in remote, cold-climate conditions. 

More recently, with new technologies and media-based innovations, along with territory-wide broadband connectivity, Yukoners have become skilled knowledge-based workers.    

The people of Watson Lake have a high degree of education, over 67% of Watson Lakers between the ages of 25 and 64 hold a certificate, diploma or degree.  

Labour force characteristics for Watson Lake (2006).

Labour Force Statistics

Total

Male

Female

Population 15 years and over by labour force activity

 - 20% sample data

960

500

460

In the labour force

725

390

340

Employed

575

290

290

Unemployed

145

95

50

Not in the labour force

230

115

120

Participation rate

75.5

78

73.9

Employment rate

59.9

58

63

Unemployment rate

20

24.4

14.7

Source: Government of Yukon Socio-economic Web Portal

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