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Income for Yukoners among the highest

Yukoners are doing rather well in annual incomes

By Whitehorse Star on July 13, 2017

Yukoners are doing rather well in annual incomes compared to the rest of the country, according to a report released Wednesday by Statistics Canada.

In the Yukon, the median total income for individuals for the 2015 tax year was $44,800, according to Statistics Canada.

Yukon ranked the second-highest in the country, following the Northwest Territories ($46,060). Compared to 2014, Yukon’s median total income for individuals increased by $820, or 1.9 per cent. Nationally, the median total income for individuals increased by $1,130, or 3.4 per cent, compared to 2014.

The median total income for males in Yukon ($48,590) was the third-highest in the country following Alberta ($54,600) and the Northwest Territories ($51,560); and $7,690 higher than Canada’s median total income ($40,900). The median total income for females in Yukon ($41,540) was the highest in the country and $13,130 higher than that of Canada.

The median total income for families in the Yukon for the 2015 tax year was $100,130. Yukon ranked the third-highest in the country, following the Northwest Territories ($117,100) and Alberta ($100,300). Compared to 2014, Yukon’s median total income for families increased by $1,590, or 1.6 per cent. Nationally, the median total income for families increased by $2,070, or 2.6 per cent, compared to 2014.

The median total income for couple families in Yukon ($114,310) was the second-highest in the country, following the Northwest Territories ($142,400) and $25,700 higher than Canada’s median total income ($88,610). The median total income for lone-parent families in Yukon ($52,160) was the highest in the country and $8,530 higher than that of Canada.

Comments (9)

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Josey Wales on Jul 16, 2017 at 7:59 am

Hey Laura...just wished to illustrate that of the many govy types up here, most are employed and yes some work.
Big difference between being employed and working.
In the private sector, if you do not work...you will soon not be employed.
...and yes it is a very valid point, and correlates why the gap between the haves and the have nots is getting exponentially larger each year.
We have waaaaaay too many alligators in our swamp that feel we are their food source. Every time they open their jaws at me, I stuff a stick in their throat. Hopefully I will never run outta sticks....but there are a lot of gators in these parts.
drain it....way overdue!

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Roger on Jul 16, 2017 at 3:41 am

#fakenews.

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Groucho d'North on Jul 15, 2017 at 5:54 pm

The media release was issued by Stats Canada, you know those people who work gathering statistics for the federal government which is having a difficult time demonstrating all their "sunny ways" since coming to power. So one should expect the rose coloured view of data to be promoted by StatsCan. Similar to the increase of jobs (part time) which created the feelings that the Bank of Canada could increase interest rates. All in advance of the coming carbon tax which will be another reduction in the well-being of the Canadian middle class the Trudeau Liberals promised to help. This is not the kind of help most of us were expecting.

Now he's giving our tax money to the Clinton Foundation on top of rewarding a Canadian whose father decided to take him and train to go fight for Al Qaeda. Our government has become a disaster. Don't believe anything they say, its all BS to hide their ineptitude.

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Math on Jul 14, 2017 at 12:26 pm

Politico - check your averages.

Median is the 50th percentile, equal numbers earn above and below that amount. It is the MEAN average that is swamped by a small number of very high earners, which is why it is not used in the income data.

Yukon is increasingly a place of 'haves' and 'have nots' divided between those who have found the holy grail of government employment and benefits and those that have not. Sadly this is sucking all our best talent into the least productive positions.

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Politico on Jul 14, 2017 at 12:02 am

WOW! For such a short article so many thing are wrong. Median income means that it doesn't take many large income earners to swamp the income of many low wage earner and to skew the results. Whom ever wrote this article should really take a look at the bell curve to see where the income earners are and what the distribution of the incomes are. This is a good example of a trash article which inflames everyone but says nothing of the truth!

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John Marshall on Jul 13, 2017 at 6:38 pm

My wife and I just returned from a week in the Yukon, spending our time between Whitehorse and Dawson City and yes I did the Sourtoe Cocktail. I am happy to see this information since we were pretty surprised by the price of most items in your stores and wondered how people and families got by. It is a beautiful part of our country and I can't wait to get back again.

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jc on Jul 13, 2017 at 6:02 pm

What they don't tell you is that the most high paid jobs are Government. And the low end workers have to pay the taxes to pay these high paid government workers. Why is it that the mainstream media won't give out the true facts?

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Laura Schumann on Jul 13, 2017 at 4:56 pm

... when you work for the Government !

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June Jackson on Jul 13, 2017 at 4:47 pm

There is a reason wages tend to be high here.. mostly because we are a government territory with the next biggest employer being Northwestel. Those wages quoted reflect employee's that have unions to bargain for them. I betcha' there aren't too many folks at Walmarts, Superstore, smaller business earning 44,800. If it weren't for those union wages NO ONE could afford to live here. I looked at a house in Brampton last August that was $196,000. That same design house here was $477,000.
I realize this article was only about income, but people reading that outside might think, I better get North where the money is. Imagine their surprise when they get here and a loaf of cheese bread is $4.50, steak is $57.00 a lb. and a little small city just jacks up those property taxes every single year. It costs a lot to be a Cadillac when you're really a Ford.

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