July 5, 2019 – Quebec unemployment dropped to 4.9 per cent for the second time in 2019 in June, the lowest figure in 43 years.
The French-speaking province moved to just 0.4 percentage points behind British Columbia, which maintained the lowest provincial unemployment at 4.5 per cent.
Nationally, June was a consolidatory month that saw unemployment edge up by 0.1 percentage point to 5.5 per cent.
The second quarter saw employment rise by 132,000, dominated by full-time work. In the last year, Canada has now added 421,000 jobs, a rise of 2.3 per cent.
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Demographically, the 55 and over age-group added 22,000 jobs in June, with men accounting for 16,000 of the total. Unemployment for the age-group fell 0.6 percentage points to 4.7 per cent.
Elsewhere, men aged 25 to 54 saw employment decrease by 18,000, for an unemployment rate of 5.1 per cent. For core-aged women, there was little change in June.
In the 15 to 24 age bracket, unemployment rose to 10.7 per cent. In the last year, the youth demographic has added 56,000 jobs.
What Are The Labour Force Survey Highlights?
|Unemployment rate (%)||5.5|
|Employment rate (%)||62.1|
|Labour force participation rate (%)||65.7|
|Youth (15-24) unemployment rate (%)||10.7|
|Men (over 25) unemployment rate (%)||5.1|
|Women (over 25) unemployment rate (%)||4.2|
Source: Statistics Canada
Provincial Canada Jobs Picture
While Quebec unemployment dropped to a record low, with an annual job gain of 68,000, Alberta added the most jobs in June at 10,400.
Unemployment in the oil-rich province dropped to 6.6 per cent, with gains driven by accommodation and food services; educational services; and health care and social assistance.
Alberta has added 30,000 jobs over the last year, with gains concentrated in the second quarter.
Saskatchewan also saw gains, adding 2,500 jobs for an unemployment rate of 5.1 per cent. Employment in the province has grown 9,300 in the last 12 months.
Which Canadian Province Has the Lowest Unemployment?
|Jobs change June||Unemployment rate (%)|
|1) British Columbia||-3,700||4.5|
|6=) Nova Scotia||-500||6.6|
|8) New Brunswick||1,100||7.8|
|9) Prince Edward Island||400||9.3|
|10) Newfoundland & Labrador||-2,000||13.3|
Source: Statistics Canada
Canada Jobs By Industry
Health care and social assistance led the way by adding 22,000 jobs in June, building on a similar increase in May. The growth was spread across several provinces, spearheaded by British Columbia, with the sector now having added 108,000 jobs in the last year.
Concentrated gains in Quebec and Alberta saw the educational services sector add 13,000 jobs in June, consolidating 12-month gains of 53,000, or 4 per cent.
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Further gains were seen in transportation and warehousing which added 13,000 jobs, mostly in Ontario, with year-on-year gains of 63,000, or 6.3 per cent.
In information, culture and recreation, employment was up by 13,000 in June, with most of the increase coming from Quebec.
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