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Canadian Unemployment at 6.8%

May 8 2015 - Statistics Canada reported that employment fell by 20,000 jobs as full-time gains were offset by losses in part-time jobs during April. Unemployment remained at 6.8% for the third month running. Employment is up by 139,000 compared with a year ago, mostly in full-time work. Employment rose in Alberta and Newfoundland and Labrador but fell in British Columbia and Nova Scotia.

Seasonally adjusted, unemployment rates vary from 12.6% (Newfoundland and Labrador) to 4.3% (Saskatchewan).

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

  • Newfoundland and Labrador 12.6% (13.3%)
  • Prince Edward Island 10.5% (11.0%)
  • Nova Scotia 9.2% (9.3%)
  • New Brunswick 9.9% (10.1%)
  • Quebec 7.4% (7.5%)
  • Ontario 6.8% (6.9%)
  • Manitoba 5.5% (5.4%)
  • Saskatchewan 4.3% (4.4%)
  • Alberta 5.5% (5.5%)
  • British Columbia 6.3% (5.8%)

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