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Canadian Unemployment at 6.8%

June 5 2015 - Statistics Canada reported that employment rose by 59,000 jobs in May. Private sector gains were offset by an increase in the number of people in the job market during the month so unemployment remained at 6.8% for the fourth month running. Employment is up by 192,000 compared with a year ago, mostly in full-time work. Employment rose in Ontario, British Columbia and Nova Scotia but fell in Newfoundland and Labrador, Manitoba and New Brunswick.

Seasonally adjusted, unemployment rates vary from 13.8% (Newfoundland and Labrador) to 4.9% (Saskatchewan).

Rates for all the provinces were (previous month in brackets):

  • Newfoundland and Labrador 13.8% (12.6%)
  • Prince Edward Island 11.0% (10.5%)
  • Nova Scotia 8.8% (9.2%)
  • New Brunswick 9.6% (9.9%)
  • Quebec 7.6% (7.4%)
  • Ontario 6.5% (6.8%)
  • Manitoba 5.7% (5.5%)
  • Saskatchewan 4.9% (4.3%)
  • Alberta 5.8% (5.5%)
  • British Columbia 6.1% (6.3%)

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