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Note 1 This section, dealing with the Elliot Lake Tracking Study, relies on David Leadbeater and David Robinson (1991), "Mass layoffs in a remote singleindustry mining town: the Elliot Lake Tracking Study," mimeo, available from the authors. Chapter 2 Bringing the People Through Life Transitions Peggy Quinn ransition is defined as passing from one condition, form, stage, Tactivity, or place to another. There are different life transitions that we all go through. We move from childhood to young adulthood, then to parenthood, the empty nest, and finally retirement.

30 Eveleigh, Elliot Lake: A Northern Mosaic. 31 In contrast, the Denison Mines Japanese contract was for 40 million pounds, and the Rio Algom British contract called for a 20-million-pound delivery. 32 These figures come from McKay, The Roman Empire, 138-39. However, with the cancelling and cutback of contracts announced in the 1990s, it must be realized that these figures represent only the original worth of the contract. 33 According to the assessed populations of the Corporation of the Town of Elliot Lake, the following rates were found: 8,779 (1976); 10,729 (1977); 12,893 (1978); 14,230 (1979); 15,524 (1980); 17,245 (1981); 18,670 (1982); 19,619 (1983).

Three of these industries — retail trade, consumer services, and public administration — are significant employers of women. We focus on displaced women workers in a sample of observations on men and women for two reasons. First, the labour market imperfections referred to above require that we study adjustment of male and female workers separately. Second, the number of women in the sample is small enough to provide a very detailed account of their adjustment experience. Previous studies of permanent layoffs have emphasized the highly variable labour market outcomes of adjustment: unemployment duration tends to be longer for older and less educated workers, wage gains are registered for one-half of displaced workers whereas losses ensue for almost one-third (Picot and Pyper 1993).

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