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Canadian Unemployment at 6.6%

January 9 2015 - Statistics Canada reported that employment changed little in December (-4300). Unemployment remained at 6.6%. Employment is up by 186,000 compared with a year ago, mostly achieved in the last half of the year. Most provinces had little change but employment declined in Prince Edward Island during the month.

Seasonally adjusted, unemployment rates vary from 11.3% (Newfoundland and Labrador) to 3.6% (Saskatchewan).

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

  • Newfoundland and Labrador 11.3% (10.7%)
  • Prince Edward Island 11.0% (10.5%)
  • Nova Scotia 8.3% (8.8%)
  • New Brunswick 10.2% (9.6%)
  • Quebec 7.5% (7.6%)
  • Ontario 7.0% (7.0%)
  • Manitoba 5.2% (5.1%)
  • Saskatchewan 3.6% (3.4%)
  • Alberta 4.7% (4.5%)
  • British Columbia 5.4% (5.8%)

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