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Canadian Unemployment at 5.9%

December 6 2019 - Statistics Canada reported that after employment held steady in October there was a fall of 71,000 in November. The unemployment rate increased by 0.4 points to 5.9%. Employment has increased by 293,000 over the year with gains mainly driven by full-time jobs. Employment fell in Quebec, Alberta and British Columbia in November. It was largely unchanged elsewhere.

Visit Statistics Canada's "Labour Force Survey in brief: Interactive app." to explore recent results from the Labour Survey.

Seasonally adjusted, unemployment rates vary from 11.2% (Newfoundland and Labrador) to 5.0% (British Columbia). (Quebec).

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

  • Newfoundland and Labrador 11.2% (11.1%)
  • Prince Edward Island 8.0% (8.4%)
  • Nova Scotia 7.8% (8.0%)
  • New Brunswick 8.0% (8.1%)
  • Quebec 5.6% (5.0%)
  • Ontario 5.6% (5.3%)
  • Manitoba 5.6% (5.3%)
  • Saskatchewan 5.8% (5.1%)
  • Alberta 7.2% (6.7%)
  • British Columbia 5.0% (4.7%)

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