September 10, 2018 – Alberta, British Columbia and Manitoba all added jobs in August, according to the latest Labour Force Survey.
The monthly jobs market analysis from Statistics Canada shows the trio contributed nearly 30,000 jobs between them, more than half in Alberta.
Other provinces to show less significant gains included Saskatchewan, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland & Labrador.
Nationally, the Canada unemployment rate edged up in August from 5.8 per cent to 6 per cent, as the overall jobs figures showed a loss of more than 50,000.
What Are the Labour Force Survey Highlights?
|Unemployment rate (%)||6.0|
|Employment rate (%)||61.4|
|Labour force participation rate (%)||65.3|
|Youth (15-24) unemployment rate (%)||10.9|
|Men (over 25) unemployment rate (%)||5.4|
|Women (over 25) unemployment rate (%)||5.1|
Source: Statistics Canada
The drop followed two months of gains and was driven by a decline of 92,000 in part-time employment, while full-time employment increased.
Over the last 12 months, employment has grown by 172,000, or nearly 1 per cent. This includes an increase of 326,000 in full-time employment (2.2%), offset by a 154,000 decline in part-time (-4.3%).
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Demographically, the core working age-group of 25 to 54-year-olds saw little change in employment during August. The unemployment figure edged up as more people searched for work.
There were monthly declines in the 55 and over age-group, although in the last 12 months employment in the demographic has risen by 56,000, or 1.4 per cent.
How Did Canada’s Provinces Perform?
Alberta added 16,200 jobs as the best-performing province in August. The province has now added 53,000 jobs in the last 12 months and has an unemployment rate of 6.7 per cent.
In British Columbia, employment increased by 9,900, although the unemployment rate rose as more people searched for work. The western province still has the lowest unemployment of all the provinces, at 5.3 per cent.
Manitoba, meanwhile, added 2,600 jobs and has an unemployment rate of 5.8 per cent.
Which Canadian Province Has the Lowest Unemployment?
|Jobs change August||Unemployment rate (%)|
|1) British Columbia||9,900||5.3|
|7) New Brunswick||-1,100||8.3|
|8) Nova Scotia||1,200||8.4|
|9) Prince Edward Island||-300||9.3|
|10) Newfoundland & Labrador||1,100||14.4|
Source: Statistics Canada
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The main gains on the industry front in August were seen in the business, building and other support services, which added 10,000 jobs.
Most of the other industry saw little change, or declines.
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