January 9, 2019 – Canada maintained its lowest unemployment rate since records began in 1976 for the second consecutive month in December.
The Statistics Canada Labour Force Survey showed unemployment of 5.6 per cent, the same level as November.
During 2018, Canada added 163,000 jobs, with the increase entirely driven by full-time positions.
What Are The Labour Force Survey Highlights?
|Unemployment rate (%)||5.6|
|Employment rate (%)||61.7|
|Labour force participation rate (%)||65.4|
|Youth (15-24) unemployment rate (%)||11.1|
|Men (over 25) unemployment rate (%)||4.9|
|Women (over 25) unemployment rate (%)||4.6|
Source: Statistics Canada
Among workers aged 25 to 54, women drove the 2018 increases by adding 128,000 jobs, an increase of 2.2 per cent. Men, meanwhile added 61,000 jobs in the same period.
For those aged 55 and over, the 2018 increase of 50,000 jobs was concentrated on men, who added 43,000.
Young people aged 15 to 24 saw employment drop by 73,000 across the course of the year.
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Provincial Canada Jobs Picture
Provincially, Newfoundland & Labrador was a significant mover, adding 2,700 jobs in December, with unemployment falling to 11.7 per cent.
Ontario added 17,600 jobs in December, as Canada’s largest province saw its unemployment rate drop to 5.4 per cent, below the national average.
In Quebec, 3,700 jobs were added, as the French-speaking province also recorded below national average unemployment of 5.5 per cent.
British Columbia continues to spearhead the provinces on unemployment, adding 4,400 jobs in December while maintaining unemployment of 4.4 per cent.
Meanwhile, employment fell in Alberta, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island.
Which Canadian Province Has the Lowest Unemployment?
| ||Jobs change August||Unemployment rate (%)|
|1) British Columbia||4,400||4.4|
|7) Nova Scotia||1,400||7.1|
|8) New Brunswick||-3,100||8.4|
|9) Prince Edward Island||-1,200||9.6|
|10) Newfoundland & Labrador||2,700||11.7|
Source: Statistics Canada
Canada Jobs By Industry
From an industry perspective, December saw 24,000 more people employed in manufacturing, spearheaded by Ontario and Alberta.
Transportation and warehousing also saw an increase, adding 15,000 jobs in December, also mainly in Ontario.
A further 11,000 people were employed in the health care and social assistance industry in December.
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