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Canadian Unemployment at 6.9%

January 6 2017 - Statistics Canada reported that employment rose by 54,000 jobs in December but the unemployment rate increased by 0.1% to 6.9% as more people were looking for work. Employment has increased by 214,000 over the year, with full-time jobs featuring in December. Employment increased in Quebec and British Columbia while other provinces experienced little change in December.

Seasonally adjusted, unemployment rates vary from 14.9% (Newfoundland and Labrador) to 5.8% (British Columbia).

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

  • Newfoundland and Labrador 14.9% (14.3%)
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  • Prince Edward Island 10.7% (10.8%)
  • Nova Scotia 8.3% (8.0%)
  • New Brunswick 9.4% (8.7%)
  • Quebec 6.6% (6.2%)
  • Ontario 6.4% (6.3%)
  • Manitoba 6.3% (6.2%)
  • Saskatchewan 6.5% (6.8%)
  • Alberta 8.5% (9.0%)
  • British Columbia 5.8% (6.1%)




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