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Canadian Unemployment at 6.8%

October 10 2014 - Statistics Canada reported that employment grew by 74,000 mostly full-time jobs in September. Unemployment fell to 6.8% - the lowest since December 2008. This is equivalent to 5.9% using the US method. Employment is up by 150,000 compared with a year ago. Ontario, Alberta, Saskatchewan as well as Newfoundland and Labrador had improved figures.

Seasonally adjusted, unemployment rates vary from 12.7% (Newfoundland and Labrador) to 3.5% (Saskatchewan).

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

  • Newfoundland and Labrador 12.7% (13.5%)
  • Prince Edward Island 9.5% (10.0%)
  • Nova Scotia 8.6% (8.8%)
  • New Brunswick 9.6% (8.7%)
  • Quebec 7.6% (7.7%)
  • Ontario 7.1% (7.4%)
  • Manitoba 5.3% (5.5%)
  • Saskatchewan 3.5% (4.2%)
  • Alberta 4.4% (4.9%)
  • British Columbia 6.1% (6.1%)




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